Meaning of “relationship” in the English Dictionary

"relationship" in British English

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relationshipnoun [ C ]

uk /rɪˈleɪ.ʃən.ʃɪp/ us /rɪˈleɪ.ʃən.ʃɪp/

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

(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 close romantic friendship 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 /rɪˈleɪʃənʃɪp/ us

the way in which two or more companies, countries, or people behave 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 breaking point.
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 research shows 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)