Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

Etymologies

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).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the French rapporter (“to bring back”) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She resists at first but they slowly gain a rapport from the 1940s into the 1970s as the civil rights movement swirls around them.

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  • One of the many ways you can build rapport is to include some personal information about you and your family.

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  • That rapport is critical because trainers are convinced that a happy horse, who eats well and responds to attention in a spirited way, performs better.

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  • The risk of investing in Arenas' four-year, $80 million contract is mitigated by his long-term rapport with his new GM, who has maintained their relationship since Smith was an executive with the Warriors when Arenas beginning his career at Golden State.

    SI.com

  • It creates a sort of scholarly "rapport" -- this use of commas -- between the gentility of the author and the assumed gentility of the reader, taking the latter into a kind of amiable partnership in ironic superiority.

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  • And since Fonzie never seemed to have a long-term rapport with any of these girls, it’s unlikely that he ever experienced a loving, mutually satisfying, logically advancing relationship the lone exception being Pinky Tuscadero, who did not seem to reside in the immediate Milwaukee area.

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  • There was nothing one might call rapport: all a bit difficult.

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  • He believes that because he is good at establishing rapport, which is what makes him a good ghost writer, that it means he is also able to adopt from his present company the characteristics he needs to win through with such a sophisticated set of players.

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  • Ahmadinejad referred to his rapport with Khamenei as “like father and son,” and the Supreme Leader repeated his blandishments that the embattled president was “brave and hardworking.”

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  • The men's "strategic sympatico," says Chicago Rep. Rahm Emanuel, recalls the rapport between him, James Carville and others atop Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign.

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