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Meaning of “relation” in the English Dictionary

"relation" in British English

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relationnoun

uk   us   /rɪˈleɪ.ʃən/
  • relation noun (FRIENDSHIP)

relations [plural]

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B2 the way in which two ​people or ​groups of ​peoplefeel and ​behave towards each other: Relations between him and his new ​wife are ​ratherstrained.formal Britain enjoysfriendly relations with Canada.
  • relation noun (CONNECTION)

B2 [U] the ​connection or ​similarity between two things: The relation between the ​originalbook and this new ​film is very ​faint. She bears no relation to (= she is not ​similar to) her ​brother.in/with relation to sth B2 in ​connection with something: She used the ​map to ​discover where she was in relation to her ​surroundings.
  • relation noun (FAMILY MEMBER)

B1 [C] a ​member of ​yourfamily: The ​funeral was ​attended by ​friends and relations. She's a relation by ​marriage because she ​married my ​cousin.
(Definition of relation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"relation" in American English

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relationnoun

 us   /rɪˈleɪ·ʃən/
connection or ​similarity: [U] There was little relation between the ​book and the ​movie. Relations are the ​connections between ​people, ​groups, ​organizations, or ​countries: [pl] diplomatic relations [pl] business/​economic relations
[C] a ​person who is a ​member of the same ​family as another ​person: On ​ourtrip, we ​visitedfriends and relations on both ​sides of the ​family.
(Definition of relation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “relation”
in Arabic قَريب…
in Korean 친척…
in Portuguese aparentado, -a, parente…
in Catalan parent, -a…
in Japanese 親類, 親戚…
in Chinese (Simplified) 友好关系…
in Turkish ilgi, ilişki, bağ…
in Russian связь, зависимость, родственник…
in Chinese (Traditional) 友好關係…
in Italian parente…
in Polish związek, krewn-y/a…
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