[ra-pawr, -pohr, ruh-]
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)

nonrapport, noun

fellowship, camaraderie, understanding.
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rapport (ræˈpɔː)
(often foll by with) See also en rapport a sympathetic relationship or understanding
[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 & History

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

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