from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Relationship, especially one of mutual trust or emotional affinity.

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  • n. A relationship of mutual trust and respect.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Relation; proportion; conformity; correspondence; accord.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To have relation or reference; relate; refer.
  • n. Harmonious relation; correspondence; accord or agreement; affinity; analogy: used as a French word, often in the phrase en rapport, in or into close relation, accord, or harmony.
  • n. In French law. a report on a case, or on a subject submitted; a return.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a relationship of mutual understanding or trust and agreement between people


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French, from Old French, from raporter, to bring back : re-, re- + aporter, to bring (from Latin apportāre : ad-, ad- + portāre, to carry; see per-2 in Indo-European roots).

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From the French rapporter (“to bring back”)


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