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[ra-pawr, -pohr, ruh-] /ræˈpɔr, -ˈpoʊr, rə-/
relation; connection, especially harmonious or sympathetic relation:
a teacher trying to establish close rapport with students.
Origin of rapport
1530-40; < French, derivative of rapporter “to bring back, report,” equivalent to r(e)- re- + apporter (Old French aporter, from Latin apportāre, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + portāre “to carry”; see port5)
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nonrapport, noun
fellowship, camaraderie, understanding. Unabridged
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  • The finite spirit, with all its limitations, becomes at its very centre in rapport with Infinite spirit, its Source.

  • There can be no reconciliation, no truce, no "rapport" between these.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
  • If death overcame the host while he had rapport, he, too, would die.

    The Invader Alfred Coppel
  • There was a rapport between man and animal that was understood.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • After a few score tests there should be no serious failure from inability to get into rapport with the child.

    The Measurement of Intelligence Lewis Madison Terman
British Dictionary definitions for rapport


(often foll by with) a sympathetic relationship or understanding See also en rapport
Word Origin
C15: from French, from rapporter to bring back, from re- + aporter, from Latin apportāre, from adto + portāre to carry
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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rapport in Medicine

rapport rap·port (rā-pôr', rə-)
Relationship, especially one of mutual trust or emotional affinity.

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