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"relationship" in British English

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relationshipnoun [C]

uk   us   /rɪˈleɪ.ʃən.ʃɪp/
  • relationship noun [C] (CONNECTION)

B2 the way in which two things are ​connected: Scientists have ​established the relationship betweenlungcancer andsmoking.

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  • relationship noun [C] (FRIENDSHIP)

B1 the way in which two or more ​peoplefeel and ​behave towards each other: He has a very good relationship with his ​uncle.B1 a ​closeromanticfriendship 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 ​familyconnection between ​people: The ​judgeasked the ​witness what the relationship was between her and the ​victim.
(Definition of relationship from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"relationship" in American English

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relationshipnoun [C]

 us   /rɪˈleɪ·ʃənˌʃɪp/
the way in which things are ​connected or ​work together: Write an ​essay on the ​economic relationship between ​farming and ​transportation. A relationship is the way two or more ​people are ​connected, or the way they ​behave toward each other: "What is ​your relationship to the ​soloist?" "She's my ​daughter." The two men have a good ​working relationship. A relationship is also a ​closeromanticfriendship between two ​people.
(Definition of relationship from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"relationship" in Business English

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relationshipnoun [C]

uk   us   /rɪˈleɪʃənʃɪp/
the way in which two or more ​companies, countries, or ​peoplebehave towards each other: Creating lasting relationships is vital for ​success in ​business. We have an excellent working relationship with the university. We have ​established long-lasting ​business relationships with a wide ​range of ​clients.relationship between sb (and sb) The relationship between ​labor and ​management was strained beyond ​breakingpoint.build/develop/establish a relationship Many telecom ​companies are ​building relationships in ​developing countries. a good/​close relationship a business/​personal relationship
a ​connection between two or more facts, ​events, etc.: relationship between sth (and sth) This ​researchshows that the relationship between ​globalization and ​e-commerce is complex and ​varied. There is a ​direct relationship between the two announcements.
(Definition of relationship from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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