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mother

noun moth·er \ ˈmə-t͟hər \

Definition of mother

1 a : 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 : source, origin
  • necessity is the mother of invention
3 : maternal tenderness or affection
  • all my mother came into mine eyes and gave me up to tears
  • —William Shakespeare
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[short for motherfucker]
sometimes vulgar : motherfucker
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


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mother

adjective

Definition of mother

1 a : of, relating to, or being a mother
b : bearing the relation of a mother
2 : derived from or as if from one's mother
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


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mother

verb

Definition of mother

mothered; mothering play \ˈmə-t͟hə-riŋ, ˈmət͟h-riŋ\
transitive verb
1 a : to give birth to
b : to give rise to : produce
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

mother Synonyms

Synonyms
birth [chiefly dialect], deliver, drop, have, bear, produce
Related Words
labor; breed, multiply, propagate, reproduce, spawn; beget, father, generate, get, sire; calve, kid, kindle, kitten, litter, pup, whelp
Near Antonyms
abort, lose, miscarry

Other Embryology Terms


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mother

noun

Definition of mother

Origin and Etymology of mother

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


MOTHER Defined for English Language Learners

mother

verb

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

noun moth·er \ ˈmə-t͟hər \

Definition of mother for Students

1 : a female parent
2 : a nun in charge of a convent
3 : 1cause 1, origin
  • Necessity is the mother of invention.

motherhood

\-ˌhu̇d\ noun

motherless

\-ləs\ adjective

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mother

adjective

Definition of mother for Students

1 : of or having to do with a mother
  • mother love
2 : being in a relation suggesting that of a mother to others
  • our mother country

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mother

verb

Definition of mother for Students

mothered; mothering
: to be or act as a mother to

Medical Dictionary

mother

noun moth·er \ ˈmət͟h-ər \

medical Definition of mother

: a female parent


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