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[ra-pawr, -pohr, ruh-] /ræˈpɔr, -ˈpoʊr, rə-/
relation; connection, especially harmonious or sympathetic relation:
a teacher trying to establish close rapport with students.
Origin of rapport
1530-40; < French, derivative of rapporter to bring back, report, equivalent to r(e-) re- + apporter (Old French aporter < Latin apportāre, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + portāre to carry; see port5)
Related forms
nonrapport, noun
fellowship, camaraderie, understanding. Unabridged
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  • His storytelling style involves developing a rapport with the people he photographs through shared common interests and listening.
  • He had an endless ability for rapport with ordinary people.
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  • He didn't have the luxury of building up a rapport with the nation's elite prospects over several seasons.
  • Hence professors have an easy rapport with those who have the innate sense of how to study and grow knowledge.
  • The theater of revolution is essentially participatory, requiring more than the usual rapport between actors and audience.
  • His ensuing road show tour to promote his populist agenda has showcased his rapport with voters.
  • So there was none of that familial domestic rapport she had with us.
  • And that is an image of a couple in total harmony of movement and thus in perfect emotional rapport.
British Dictionary definitions for rapport


(often foll by with) a sympathetic relationship or understanding See also en rapport
Word Origin
C15: from French, from rapporter to bring back, from re- + aporter, from Latin apportāre, from adto + portāre to carry
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Word Origin and History for rapport

1660s, "reference, relation, relationship," from French rapport "bearing, yield, produce; harmony, agreement, intercourse," back-formation from rapporter "bring back; refer to," from re- "again" (see re-) + apporter "to bring," from Latin apportare "to bring," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + portare "to carry" (see port (n.1)).

Psychological meaning "intense harmonious accord," as between therapist and patient, is first attested 1894, though the word had been used in a very similar sense with reference to mesmerism from 1845 (first recorded in Poe). Cf. also report (n.). Johnson frowns on the word and credits its use in English to Sir William Temple, naturalizer of French terms, who did use it but was not the first to do so.

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rapport in Medicine

rapport rap·port (rā-pôr', rə-)
Relationship, especially one of mutual trust or emotional affinity.

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