Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
relation relative relationship
These words are used to refer to people or to connections between people.
Your relations or relatives are the members of your family.
The relations between people or groups are the contacts between them and the way they behave towards each other.
You can talk in a similar way about the relationship between two people or groups.
A relationship is also a close friendship between two people, especially one involving sexual or romantic feelings.
|Noun||1.||relation - an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together|
abstract entity, abstraction - a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples
possession - anything owned or possessed
social relation - a relation between living organisms (especially between people)
spatial relation, position - the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated; "the position of the hands on the clock"; "he specified the spatial relations of every piece of furniture on the stage"
ownership - the relation of an owner to the thing possessed; possession with the right to transfer possession to others
causality - the relation between causes and effects
human relationship, relationship - a relation between people; (`relationship' is often used where `relation' would serve, as in `the relationship between inflation and unemployment', but the preferred usage of `relationship' is for human relations or states of relatedness); "the relationship between mothers and their children"
function - a relation such that one thing is dependent on another; "height is a function of age"; "price is a function of supply and demand"
association - a relation resulting from interaction or dependence; "flints were found in association with the prehistoric remains of the bear"; "the host is not always injured by association with a parasite"
logical relation - a relation between propositions
mathematical relation - a relation between mathematical expressions (such as equality or inequality)
foundation - the basis on which something is grounded; "there is little foundation for his objections"
connection, connexion, connectedness - a relation between things or events (as in the case of one causing the other or sharing features with it); "there was a connection between eating that pickle and having that nightmare"
unconnectedness - the lack of a connection between things
linguistic relation - a relation between linguistic forms or constituents
component part, part, portion, component, constituent - something determined in relation to something that includes it; "he wanted to feel a part of something bigger than himself"; "I read a portion of the manuscript"; "the smaller component is hard to reach"; "the animal constituent of plankton"
kinship, affinity - a close connection marked by community of interests or similarity in nature or character; "found a natural affinity with the immigrants"; "felt a deep kinship with the other students"; "anthropology's kinship with the humanities"
family relationship, kinship, relationship - (anthropology) relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption
control - a relation of constraint of one entity (thing or person or group) by another; "measures for the control of disease"; "they instituted controls over drinking on campus"
business relation - a relation between different business enterprises
interrelatedness, interrelation, interrelationship - mutual or reciprocal relation or relatedness; "interrelationships of animal structure and function"
temporal relation - a relation involving time
comparison - relation based on similarities and differences
change - a relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event; "he attributed the change to their marriage"
|2.||relation - 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|
carnal knowledge, coition, coitus, sex act, sexual congress, sexual intercourse, sexual relation, copulation, intercourse, congress
sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice - activities associated with sexual intercourse; "they had sex in the back seat"
insemination - the introduction of semen into the genital tract of a female
hank panky - illicit sexual intercourse
penetration - the act (by a man) of inserting his penis into the vagina of a woman
|3.||relation - a person related by blood or marriage; "police are searching for relatives of the deceased"; "he has distant relations back in New Jersey"|
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
ancestor, antecedent, ascendant, ascendent, root - someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
blood relation, blood relative, cognate, sib - one related by blood or origin; especially on sharing an ancestor with another
kinsman - a male relative
kinswoman - a female relative
kissing cousin, kissing kin - a more or less distant relative; familiar enough to be greeted with a kiss
next of kin - the person who is (or persons who are) most closely related to a given person
offspring, progeny, issue - the immediate descendants of a person; "she was the mother of many offspring"; "he died without issue"
second cousin - a child of a first cousin
|4.||relation - an act of narration; "he was the hero according to his own relation"; "his endless recounting of the incident eventually became unbearable"|
|5.||relation - (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"|
judicial doctrine, judicial principle, legal principle - (law) a principle underlying the formulation of jurisprudence
|6.||relation - (usually plural) mutual dealings or connections among persons or groups; "international relations"|
to bear little/no relation to sth → tener poco/no tener nada que ver con algo
it bears no relation to the facts → no tiene que ver con los hechos
to bear a certain relation to → guardar cierta relación con ...
to have little/no relation to sth → tener poco/no tener nada que ver con algo
the story has little relation to historical fact → la versión tiene poco que ver con los hechos históricos
in relation to (= compared to) → en relación con, con relación a; (= in connection with) → en lo que se refiere a
Proust in relation to the French novel → Proust en relación con la novela francesa
doubts that parents may have in relation to their children's education → dudas que los padres pudieran tener en lo que se refiere a la ecucación de sus hijos
friends and relations → amigos mpl y familiares mpl
all my relations came → vinieron todos mis parientes, vino toda mi familia
close relation → pariente mf cercano/a
this grape is a close relation to the Gamay → esta uva es de la misma familia que la uva Gamay
distant relation → pariente mf lejano/a
she's no relation → no es parienta mía
what relation is she to you? → ¿qué parentesco tiene contigo?
see also blood B
see also poor A1
good relations → buenas relaciones fpl
relations are rather strained → las relaciones están algo tirantes
to break off relations with sb → romper (relaciones) con algn
we have broken off relations with Ruritania → hemos roto las relaciones con Ruritania
we have business relations with them → tenemos relaciones comerciales con ellos
diplomatic relations → relaciones fpl diplomáticas
to enter into relations with sb → establecer relaciones con algn
to establish relations with sb → establecer relaciones con algn
international relations → relaciones fpl internacionales
to have sexual relations with sb → tener relaciones sexuales con algn
see also industrial, public C
see also race 2
a distant relation → un(e) parent(e) éloigné(e)
He's a distant relation → C'est un parent éloigné.
She's a distant relation → C'est une parente éloignée.
my close relations → mes parents proches
my relations → ma famille
I've got relations in London → J'ai de la famille à Londres.
There is an obvious relation between diet and health → Il existe un lien évident entre régime alimentaire et santé.
to bear no relation to sth → être sans rapport avec qch
to bear a relation to → corrispondere a
in relation to → con riferimento a
to have good relations with sb → essere in or avere buoni rapporti con qn
diplomatic/international relations → rapporti diplomatici/internazionali
sexual relations → rapporti sessuali