Parent definition

pârənt, păr-
An organism that produces or generates offspring.
noun
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An ancestor; a progenitor.
noun
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2
To act as a parent to; raise and nurture.
verb
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Designating anything in relation to something for which it is the source.

Other books based on this parent work.

adjective
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The definition of a parent is a mother or father.

An example of a parent is a plant that sprouts many other plants.

noun
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A person who raises a child.
noun
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An ancestor; a progenitor.
noun
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A person who adopts a child.
noun
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A mother or father.
noun
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1
A person who adopts a child.
noun
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To cause to come into existence; originate.
verb
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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.
noun
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(person from whom one is descended): father, mother.
hyponyms
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Parent is defined as to give life or raise children.

An example of parent is to bring up three children.

verb
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A person who raises a child.
noun
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1
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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.

adjective
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A progenitor or ancestor.
noun
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Designating a corporation in relation to a subsidiary that it owns and controls.
adjective
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A female person who is pregnant with or gives birth to a child except when someone else has legal rights to the child.
noun
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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.

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Any animal, organism, or plant in relation to its offspring.
noun
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A parent company.
noun
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A source or cause; an origin.

Despair is the parent of rebellion.

noun
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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.
noun
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A female person who is pregnant with or gives birth to a child except when someone else has legal rights to the child.
noun
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A person who acts as a parent in rearing a child; a step-parent or adoptive parent.
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The source or origin of something. [from 16th c.]
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(biology) An organism from which a plant or animal is immediately biologically descended. [from 17th c.]
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A parent company. [from 20th c.]
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(computing) The object from which a child or derived object is descended; a node superior to another node. [from 20th c.]
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To act as parent, to raise or rear.
verb
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To act as a parent.
verb
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1
Anything from which other things are derived; source; origin.
noun
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1
To be or act as the parent (of)
verb
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An organism that produces or generates offspring.
noun
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1
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A guardian; a protector.
noun
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
parent
Plural:
parents

Origin of parent

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin parēns parent- from past active participle of parere to give birth perə-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman parent, Middle French parent, from Latin parentem, accusative of parÄ“ns (“parent"), present participle of parere (“to breed, bring forth").

    From Wiktionary