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noun par·ent \ˈper-ənt\

: 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
a :  one that begets or brings forth offspring
b :  a person who brings up and cares for another
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 \pə-ˈren-təl\ adjective
pa·ren·tal·ly \-təl-ē\ adverb
par·ent·less \ˈper-ənt-ləs\ adjective
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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

Other Genetics Terms

chimera, hermaphrodite, plasticity

Rhymes with PARENT

2parent

verb

Definition of PARENT

transitive verb
:  to be or act as the parent of :  originate, produce
intransitive verb
:  to be or act as a parent

First Known Use of PARENT

1663
PARENTALLY Defined for Kids

parent

noun par·ent \ˈper-ənt\

Definition of PARENT for Kids

1
:  a father or mother of a child
2
:  an animal or plant that produces offspring
Medical Dictionary

parent

noun par·ent \ˈpar-ənt, ˈper-\

Medical Definition of PARENT

1
:  one that begets or brings forth offspring
2
:  the material or source from which something is derived
parent adjective
pa·ren·tal \pə-ˈrent-əl\ adjective

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