Meaning of “relation” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun us uk /rɪˈleɪʃən/
Extra Examples
A metaphor suggests a relation between two unconnected things.Her work involves the study of people's relation to their physical environment.The article discusses the relation between science and religion.Ecology deals with the relation of living things to their environment.The play addresses England's relation to Ireland.

B2 a connection between two or more things:

the relation between smoking and lung cancer

B1 someone who belongs to the same family as you:

He's called Ken Russell, no relation to (= he is not from the same family as) the film director.
in relation to sth

B2 when compared with something:

Salaries are low in relation to the cost of living.

B2 about or relating to something:

I'd like to ask you something in relation to what you said earlier.

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