Definitions for Relationrɪˈleɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•la•tionrɪˈleɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. a significant association between or among things; connection:

    the relation between cause and effect.

  2. relations, the various connections or dealings between peoples, countries, etc.: the various connections in which persons are brought together: sexual intercourse.

    foreign relations.

    business relations.

  3. the mode or kind of connection between one person or thing and another.

  4. connection between persons by blood or marriage; relationship.

  5. a person who is related by blood or marriage; relative.

  6. the act of relating or narrating.

  7. Law. a principle whereby an act done at one time is presumed to have taken effect at a previous time.

    Category: Law

  8. Math. a property that associates two quantities in a definite order, as equality or inequality. a single- or multiple-valued function.

    Category: Math

Idioms for relation:

  1. in or with relation to,with reference to; concerning.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of relation:

1350–1400; ME relacion < L relātiō. See relate , -tion

Princeton's WordNet

  1. relation(noun)

    an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together

  2. sexual intercourse, intercourse, sex act, copulation, coitus, coition, sexual congress, congress, sexual relation, relation, carnal knowledge(noun)

    the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur

  3. relative, relation(noun)

    a person related by blood or marriage

    "police are searching for relatives of the deceased"; "he has distant relations back in New Jersey"

  4. relation, telling, recounting(noun)

    an act of narration

    "he was the hero according to his own relation"; "his endless recounting of the incident eventually became unbearable"

  5. relation back, relation(noun)

    (law) the principle that an act done at a later time is deemed by law to have occurred at an earlier time

    "his attorney argued for the relation back of the amended complaint to the time the initial complaint was filed"

  6. relation(noun)

    (usually plural) mutual dealings or connections among persons or groups

    "international relations"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. relationɪˈleɪ ʃən

    sb who is a member of your family; = relative

    Most of my relations live in the south.

  2. relationɪˈleɪ ʃən

    a connection or link between people or things

    the relation between birth weight and intelligence; The story in the newspapers has no relation to reality.

  3. relationɪˈleɪ ʃən

    compared to

    How are his reading skills in relation to his speaking skills?

  4. relationɪˈleɪ ʃən

    in connection with

    In relation to your earlier question, I think that should be possible.


  1. relation(Noun)

    The manner in which two things may be associated.

    The relation between diet and health is complex.

  2. relation(Noun)

    A member of one's family.

    Yes, he's a relation of mine, but a only distant one.

  3. relation(Noun)

    The act of relating a story.

    Your relation of the events is different from mine.

  4. relation(Noun)

    A set of ordered tuples.

  5. relation(Noun)

    Specifically, a set of ordered pairs.

    Equality is a symmetric relation, while divisibility is not.

  6. relation(Noun)

    A set of ordered tuples retrievable by a relational database; a table.

    This relation uses the customer's social security number as a key.

  7. relation(Noun)

    A statement of equality of two products of generators, used in the presentation of a group.

  8. relation(Noun)

    The act of intercourse

  9. Origin: From relacioun, from relacion (cognate to French relation), from relationem, accusative of relatio, noun of process form from perfect passive participle relatus, from verb referre, from prefix re- + ferre

Webster Dictionary

  1. Relation(noun)

    the act of relating or telling; also, that which is related; recital; account; narration; narrative; as, the relation of historical events

  2. Relation(noun)

    the state of being related or of referring; what is apprehended as appertaining to a being or quality, by considering it in its bearing upon something else; relative quality or condition; the being such and such with regard or respect to some other thing; connection; as, the relation of experience to knowledge; the relation of master to servant

  3. Relation(noun)

    reference; respect; regard

  4. Relation(noun)

    connection by consanguinity or affinity; kinship; relationship; as, the relation of parents and children

  5. Relation(noun)

    a person connected by cosanguinity or affinity; a relative; a kinsman or kinswoman

  6. Relation(noun)

    the carrying back, and giving effect or operation to, an act or proceeding frrom some previous date or time, by a sort of fiction, as if it had happened or begun at that time. In such case the act is said to take effect by relation

  7. Relation(noun)

    the act of a relator at whose instance a suit is begun

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Relation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3441

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Relation' in Nouns Frequency: #294

Translations for Relation

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person who belongs to the same family as oneself either by birth or because of marriage

uncles, aunts, cousins and other relations.

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