To have a connection to
be associated with, be connected with, have a relation to, have reference to, affect, be joined with, concern, bring to bear upon, correspond to, tie in with*; see also concern 1, refer 1.
To have a sympathetic relationship with
identify with, empathize with, understand, interact with; see communicate 2, empathize, react 2.
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