- Parent means relating to a source or owner.
An example of parent used as an adjective is in the phrase "parent company," which means a company that is in charge of other companies.
- The definition of a parent is a mother or father.
An example of a parent is a plant that sprouts many other plants.
- Parent is defined as to give life or raise children.
An example of parent is to bring up three children.
A new parent holds his child.
- a mother or father
- a progenitor or ancestor
- any animal, organism, or plant in relation to its offspring
- anything from which other things are derived; source; origin
Origin of parentOld French ; from Classical Latin parens, parent, origin, originally present participle of parere, to beget: see -parous
- ☆ designating a corporation in relation to a subsidiary that it owns and controls
- designating anything in relation to something for which it is the source: other books based on this parent work
- a. A female person whose egg unites with a sperm or a male person whose sperm unites with an egg, resulting in the conception of a child or the birth of a child.b. A female person who is pregnant with or gives birth to a child except when someone else has legal rights to the child.c. A person who adopts a child.d. A person who raises a child.
- An ancestor; a progenitor.
- An organism that produces or generates offspring.
- A guardian; a protector.
- A parent company.
- A source or cause; an origin: Despair is the parent of rebellion.
verbpar·ent·ed, par·ent·ing, par·ents
- To act as a parent to; raise and nurture: “A genitor who does not parent the child is not its parent” (Ashley Montagu).
- To cause to come into existence; originate.
Origin of parentMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin parēns, parent-, from past active participle of parere, to give birth; see per&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots.
- One of the two persons from whom one is immediately biologically descended; a mother or father. [from 15th c.]
- My twin sister says she loves our parents, but honestly, I dislike them.
- A person who acts as a parent in rearing a child; a step-parent or adoptive parent.
- The source or origin of something. [from 16th c.]
- (biology) An organism from which a plant or animal is immediately biologically descended. [from 17th c.]
- A parent company. [from 20th c.]
- (computing) The object from which a child or derived object is descended; a node superior to another node. [from 20th c.]
(third-person singular simple present parents, present participle parenting, simple past and past participle parented)