Meaning of “relation” in the English Dictionary

"relation" in British English

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uk /rɪˈleɪ.ʃən/ us /rɪˈleɪ.ʃən/

relation noun (FRIENDSHIP)

relations [ plural ]

More examples

  • I think she's a relation of theirs.
  • They're not blood relations, - they're only connected by marriage.
  • Scientists eventually proved a relation between smoking and lung cancer.
  • Police are investigating a possible relation between the murder and a robbery that took place last year.
  • The painting bears almost no relation to the scene it's supposed to portray.
  • We've seen a continuing deterioration in relations between the two countries.
  • The collapse of Communism changed East-West relations for ever.
  • We're entering a new phase in international relations.
  • We are on the threshold of a new era in European relations.
  • This settlement will resolve one of the most vexatious problems in the field of industrial relations.

B2 the way in which two people or groups of people feel and behave towards each other:

Relations between him and his new wife are rather strained.
formal Britain enjoys friendly relations with Canada.

relation noun (CONNECTION)

B2 [ U ] the connection or similarity between two things:

The relation between the original book 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.

(Definition of “relation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"relation" in American English

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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

[ C ] a person who is a member of the same family as another person:

On our trip, we visited friends and relations on both sides of the family.

(Definition of “relation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)