Definition of mother
- She's the mother of three small children.
- Mother Theresa
- Mother Hubbard
- all my mother came into mine eyes and gave me up to tears
- —William Shakespeare
- the mother of all construction projects
- the mother of all ocean liners
First Known Use: before 12th century
in the meaning defined at sense 1a
she often offered to babysit for friends, hoping to satisfy her mother urges until she had children of her own
She mothered two sons but no daughters.
I hope to mother at least one child.
look after, look out for, look to, see to, take care of, wait on (also wait upon);
First Known Use: 1682
in the meaning defined above
: to give birth to (a child)
: to be or act as mother to (someone) : to care for or protect (someone) like a mother
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