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mother

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noun moth·er \ˈmə-thər\

Definition of mother

  1. 1a :  a female parent She's the mother of three small children.b (1) :  a woman in authority; specifically :  the superior of a religious community of women Mother Theresa (2) :  an old or elderly woman Mother Hubbard

  2. 2 :  source, origin necessity is the mother of invention

  3. 3 :  maternal tenderness or affection all my mother came into mine eyes and gave me up to tears — William Shakespeare

  4. 4 [short for motherfucker] sometimes vulgar :  motherfucker

  5. 5 :  something that is an extreme or ultimate example of its kind especially in terms of scale the mother of all construction projects the mother of all ocean liners

motherhood

play \-ˌhu̇d\ noun

motherless

play \-ləs\ adjective

motherlessness

noun

Origin and Etymology of mother

Middle English moder, from Old English mōdor; akin to Old High German muoter mother, Latin mater, Greek mētēr, Sanskrit mātṛ


First Known Use: before 12th century


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mother

adjective moth·er

Definition of mother

  1. 1a :  of, relating to, or being a motherb :  bearing the relation of a mother

  2. 2 :  derived from or as if from one's mother

  3. 3 :  acting as or providing parental stock —used without reference to sex

Examples of mother in a sentence

  1. she often offered to babysit for friends, hoping to satisfy her mother urges until she had children of her own

Origin and Etymology of mother

see 1mother


First Known Use: 13th century


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mother

verb moth·er

Definition of mother

mothered

;

mothering

play \ˈmə-thə-riŋ, ˈməth-riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to give birth tob :  to give rise to :  produce

  3. 2 :  to care for or protect like a mother

Examples of mother in a sentence

  1. She mothered two sons but no daughters.

  2. I hope to mother at least one child.

Origin and Etymology of mother

see 1mother


First Known Use: 15th century

Other Embryology Terms


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mother

noun moth·er

Definition of mother

Origin and Etymology of mother

archaic mother dregs, lees; akin to Middle Dutch moeder dregs


First Known Use: 1682


MOTHER Defined for English Language Learners


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mother

verb moth·er

Definition of mother for English Language Learners

  • : to give birth to (a child)

  • : to be or act as mother to (someone) : to care for or protect (someone) like a mother


MOTHER Defined for Kids

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mother

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noun moth·er \ˈmə-thər\

Definition of mother for Students

  1. 1 :  a female parent

  2. 2 :  a nun in charge of a convent

  3. 3 :  1cause 1, origin Necessity is the mother of invention.

motherhood

\-ˌhu̇d\ noun

motherless

\-ləs\ adjective

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mother

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adjective moth·er

Definition of mother for Students

  1. 1 :  of or having to do with a mother mother love

  2. 2 :  being in a relation suggesting that of a mother to others our mother country


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mother

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verb moth·er

Definition of mother for Students

mothered

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mothering

  1. :  to be or act as a mother to


Medical Dictionary

mother

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noun moth·er \ˈməth-ər\

Medical Definition of mother

  1. :  a female parent



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