[ ri-ley-shuhn ]
/ rɪˈleɪ ʃən /


Nearby words

  1. relapsing polychondritis,
  2. relata,
  3. relate,
  4. related,
  5. relatedly,
  6. relational,
  7. relational database,
  8. relations,
  9. relationship,
  10. relationship marketing


    in/with relation to, with reference to; concerning: It's best to plan with relation to anticipated changes in one's earnings.

Origin of relation

1350–1400; Middle English relacion < Latin relātiōn- (stem of relātiō). See relate, -ion

Related formsre·la·tion·less, adjectivenon·re·la·tion, nounpre·re·la·tion, nounsub·re·la·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for relation


/ (rɪˈleɪʃən) /


See also relations

Word Origin for relation

C14: from Latin relātiō a narration, a relation (between philosophical concepts)

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Word Origin and History for relation



late 14c., "connection, correspondence;" also "act of telling," from Anglo-French relacioun, Old French relacion "report, connection" (14c.), from Latin relationem (nominative relatio) "a bringing back, restoring; a report, proposition," from relatus (see relate). Meaning "person related by blood or marriage" first attested c.1500. Stand-alone phrase no relation "not in the same family" is attested by 1930.

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Medicine definitions for relation


[ rĭ-lāshən ]


A logical or natural association between two or more things; relevance of one to another; connection.
The connection of people by blood or marriage; kinship.
A person connected to another by blood or marriage; a relative.
The positional relationship of the teeth or other structures in the mouth.

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Idioms and Phrases with relation


see poor relation; relative (in relation) to.

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