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[ra-pawr, -pohr, ruh-]
  1. relation; connection, especially harmonious or sympathetic relation: a teacher trying to establish close rapport with students.
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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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Related Words for rapports

empathy, sympathy, affinity, harmony, compatibility, togetherness, interrelationship, relationship, concord, agreement, soul, unity, link, cotton, groove, bond, simpatico

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Historical Examples of rapports

  • He talked of Palmerston, his position and his health, and his rapports with the Queen, who is now entirely reconciled to him.

    The Greville Memoirs (Third Part) Volume II (of II)

    Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville

  • At every step he paused to study the rapports of line, of light, of shadow, of colour.

  • Much curious information on this subject will be found in Cabanis' Rapports du physique et du moral de l'homme.

    The Map of Life

    William Edward Hartpole Lecky

  • By the way, would you like a copy of De lIseres work on diseases of the voice, and the rapports between sexual and vocal power?

  • They are only relations or consequences of relations (rapports), or only results of observed laws.

    Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution

    Alpheus Spring Packard

British Dictionary definitions for rapports


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



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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rapports in Medicine


(ră-pôr, rə-)
  1. Relationship, especially one of mutual trust or emotional affinity.
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