Meaning of RELATION in English


Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


Relations between people, groups, or countries are contacts between them and the way in which they behave towards each other.

Greece has established full diplomatic ~s with Israel...

N-COUNT: usu pl

see also industrial ~s , public ~s , race ~s


If you talk about the ~ of one thing to another, you are talking about the ways in which they are connected.

It is a question of the ~ of ethics to economics.

N-COUNT: usu sing, usu N of/to/between n


Your ~s are the members of your family.

...visits to friends and ~s...

= relative


see also poor ~


You can talk about something in ~ to something else when you want to compare the size, condition, or position of the two things.

The money he’d been ordered to pay was minimal in ~ to his salary.



If something is said or done in ~ to a subject, it is said or done in connection with that subject.

...a question which has been asked many times in ~ to Irish affairs...


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