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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.
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)
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nonrapport, noun
fellowship, camaraderie, understanding. Unabridged
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Examples for rapport
  • 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.
  • rapport, once established, will make your sales almost effortless.
  • Boost your social and communication skills, establish rapport and make friends.
  • 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
1661, "reference, relationship," from Fr. rapport, back-formation from rapporter "bring back," from re- "again" + apporter "to bring," from L. apportare "to bring," from ad- "to" + portare "to carry" (see port (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 ref. to mesmerism from 1845 (first recorded in E.A. Poe).
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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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