[ra-pawr, -pohr, ruh-]


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)
Related formsnon·rap·port, noun

Synonyms for rapport

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Historical Examples of rapport

  • I fear not We have a parade and a field-inspection, and then 'rapport' at noon.

  • 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.


    Harry Harrison

  • Don't you think the family will be happier if I am not there to spoil the rapport of departure?

    The Narrow House

    Evelyn Scott

British Dictionary definitions for rapport



(often foll by with) a sympathetic relationship or understandingSee also en rapport

Word Origin for rapport

C15: from French, from rapporter to bring back, from re- + aporter, from Latin apportāre, from ad to + 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.

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rapport in Medicine


[ră-pôr, rə-]


Relationship, especially one of mutual trust or emotional affinity.
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