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mother

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noun moth·er \ˈmə-thər\

Definition of mother

  1. 1 a :  a female parent b (1) :  a woman in authority; specifically :  the superior of a religious community of women (2) :  an old or elderly woman

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

  3. 3 :  maternal tenderness or affection

  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>

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. 1 a :  of, relating to, or being a mother b :  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>

13th Century

First Known Use of mother

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. 1 a :  to give birth to b :  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.>

15th Century

First Known Use of mother

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

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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