- relation; connection, especially harmonious or sympathetic relation: a teacher trying to establish close rapport with students.
Origin of rapport
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Examples from the Web for rapport
One agent in particular developed a rapport with Zubaydah and managed to elicit an all-important bit of intelligence.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built
December 12, 2014
Is there some kind of rapport that makes it okay to convey this without seeming like a threat?Hey, Creeps, ‘Compliments’ Are Harassment, Too
November 5, 2014
He was so kind at that moment; I immediately felt a rapport with him.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More
September 29, 2014
Daniel [Craig] is the one I had most rapport with, because we were ships passing.Pierce Brosnan’s Life After Bond: From Action Hero to Losing His Daughter to Cancer
July 2, 2014
Despite being unable to communicate much, they have rapport and everyone around them believes they are dating.Louie’s Elevator Romance: Can Love Exist Without Sex?
May 30, 2014
I fear not We have a parade and a field-inspection, and then 'rapport' at noon.The Daltons, Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
There can be no reconciliation, no truce, no "rapport" between these.Suspended Judgments
John Cowper Powys
Both had this habit of registering the rapport of everything to Sally as a first duty.Somehow Good
William de Morgan
There was a rapport between man and animal that was understood.Deathworld
Don't you think the family will be happier if I am not there to spoil the rapport of departure?The Narrow House
- (often foll by with) a sympathetic relationship or understandingSee also en rapport
Word Origin and History for rapport
1660s, "reference, relation, relationship," from French rapport "bearing, yield, produce; harmony, agreement, intercourse," back-formation from rapporter "bring back; refer to," from re- "again" (see re-) + apporter "to bring," from Latin apportare "to bring," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + portare "to carry" (see port (n.1)).
Psychological meaning "intense harmonious accord," as between therapist and patient, is first attested 1894, though the word had been used in a very similar sense with reference to mesmerism from 1845 (first recorded in Poe). Cf. also report (n.). Johnson frowns on the word and credits its use in English to Sir William Temple, naturalizer of French terms, who did use it but was not the first to do so.
- Relationship, especially one of mutual trust or emotional affinity.