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parent

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noun par·ent \ˈper-ənt\

Simple Definition of parent

  • : a person who is a father or mother : a person who has a child

  • : an animal or plant that produces a young animal or plant

  • : something out of which another thing has developed

Full Definition of parent

  1. 1 a :  one that begets or brings forth offspring b :  a person who brings up and cares for another

  2. 2 a :  an animal or plant that is regarded in relation to its offspring b :  the material or source from which something is derived c :  a group from which another arises and to which it usually remains subsidiary <a parent company>

parent adjective
pa·ren·tal play \pə-ˈren-təl\ adjective
pa·ren·tal·ly play \-təl-ē\ adverb
par·ent·less play \ˈper-ənt-ləs\ adjective

Examples of parent

  1. My parents live in New York.

  2. The form must be signed by a parent or guardian of the child.

  3. The parent brings food to the chicks.

  4. The new plant will have characteristics of both parent plants.



Origin of parent

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin parent-, parens; akin to Latin parere to give birth to


First Known Use: 15th century

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parent

verb par·ent

Definition of parent

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to be or act as the parent of :  originate, produce

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to be or act as a parent



1663

First Known Use of parent

1663



PARENT Defined for Kids

parent

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noun par·ent \ˈper-ənt\

Definition of parent

  1. 1 :  a father or mother of a child

  2. 2 :  an animal or plant that produces offspring




Medical Dictionary

parent

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noun par·ent \ˈpar-ənt, ˈper-\

Medical Definition of parent

  1. 1:  one that begets or brings forth offspring

  2. 2:  the material or source from which something is derived

  3. parent adjective
    pa·ren·tal \pə-ˈrent-əl\play adjective





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