[ ra-pawr, -pohr, ruh- ]
/ ræˈpɔr, -ˈpoʊr, rə- /


relation; connection, especially harmonious or sympathetic relation: a teacher trying to establish close rapport with students.

Nearby words

  1. rappen,
  2. rapper,
  3. rapping,
  4. rappini,
  5. rappist,
  6. rapportage,
  7. rapporteur,
  8. rapprochement,
  9. rappé pie,
  10. rapscallion

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

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British Dictionary definitions for rapport


/ (ræˈpɔː) /


(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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Medicine definitions for rapport


[ ră-pôr, rə- ]


Relationship, especially one of mutual trust or emotional affinity.

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