1 : a state of connectedness between people (especially an emotional connection)
2 : (usually plural) a person who is influential and to whom you are connected in some way (as by family or friendship)
3 : an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
4 : (anthropology) relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption
5 : (usually plural) mutual dealings or connections among persons or groups
6 : a person with whom you are acquainted
7 : personal knowledge or information about someone or something
8 : the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination
9 : 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)
10 : a relation between things or events (as in the case of one causing the other or sharing features with it)
11 : (law) the principle that an act done at a later time is deemed by law to have occurred at an earlier time
12 : a trivial lie