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relationship

noun [C] uk   /rɪˈleɪ.ʃən.ʃɪp/ us  

relationship noun [C] (CONNECTION)

B2 the way in which two things are connected: Scientists have established the relationship between lung cancer and smoking.
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relationship noun [C] (FRIENDSHIP)

B1 the way in which two or more people feel and behave towards each other: He has a very good relationship with his uncle.B1 a close romantic friendship between two people, often a sexual one: Have you had any serious relationships in the past year?a love/hate relationship a relationship in which you have feelings of love and hate for someone or something

relationship noun [C] (FAMILY CONNECTION)

the family connection between people: The judge asked the witness what the relationship was between her and the victim.
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