parent

noun
par·ent | \ˈper-ənt \

Definition of parent 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : one that begets or brings forth offspring just became parents of twins

b : a person who brings up and cares for another foster parents

2a : an animal or plant that is regarded in relation to its offspring The parent brings food to the chicks.

b : the material or source from which something is derived Latin is the parent of several languages.

c : a group from which another arises and to which it usually remains subsidiary a parent company

parent

verb
parented; parenting; parents

Definition of parent (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to be or act as the parent of : originate, produce

intransitive verb

: to be or act as a parent

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Other Words from parent

Noun

parent adjective
parental \pə-ˈren-tᵊl \ adjective
parentally \pə-ˈren-tᵊl-ē \ adverb
parentless \ˈper-ənt-ləs \ adjective

Examples of parent in a Sentence

Noun

My parents live in New York. The form must be signed by a parent or guardian of the child. The parent brings food to the chicks. The new plant will have characteristics of both parent plants.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The 12-year-old daughter is now among a couple thousand migrant children that the U.S. is working to reunite with parents over the next two weeks following a federal judge’s order last month. Kartikay Mehrotra, BostonGlobe.com, "Reunited immigrant families face difficult choice: try to stay legally or leave children in the US," 14 July 2018 Children who arrived with their parents but were separated from them at the border are now considered to fall under the same umbrella. Jean Guerrero, Glamour, "We've Seen Pictures of Undocumented Boys in Government Facilities. Where Are the Girls?," 13 July 2018 Sabraw has set a July 26 deadline for reuniting older children with their parents. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Unmarked vans, security fences: family reunification proceeds behind curtain of secrecy," 12 July 2018 The Trump administration said only 38 of 102 children younger than 5 had been reunited with their parents by the Tuesday deadline set by a federal judge in San Diego. latimes.com, "Some migrant children are reunited with parents as Trump administration misses court deadline," 11 July 2018 In 1990, 26 percent of 18-to-34-year-olds lived with their parents. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Why aren’t millennials buying houses?," 11 July 2018 Visitors can check out the younger chick, who is on display with her parents. Johnny Diaz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Cute baby flamingos at Florida zoo turning heads on social media," 11 July 2018 Inspired and emboldened, Krejcikova, still ranked outside the top 300, decided to go to Novotna’s house with her parents. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "The Wisdom of Jana Novotna Lives On in a Young Czech Player," 10 July 2018 Dozens of immigrant children will be released from detention centers and reunited with their parents Tuesday. Elliot Spagat, The Christian Science Monitor, "At least 54 immigrant children will be reunited with parents," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Jenner, who parents Stormi with boyfriend Travis Scott, has been slowly opening up about motherhood since welcoming her daughter on Feb. 1. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Kylie Jenner Is Already Planning 5-Month-Old Daughter Stormi's 'Epic' First Birthday Party," 28 June 2018 Just one week after the birth of their daughter, the makeup mogul and her rapper bae have figured out a co-parenting routine that works for them despite their busy schedules. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Here's Exactly How Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott are Co-Parenting Stormi Webster," 9 Feb. 2018 Feldman is also considering creating an internal listserv to help others dads work through some of the unique challenges of parenting a newborn. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Happy Father's Day: A New Video Celebrates Inclusion at EY," 15 June 2018 But at Louis's christening today, the Duchess gave us a very subtle glimpse into what parenting the young prince has been like during these past few months. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Kate Middleton Cracked a Hilarious Parenting Joke at Prince Louis's Christening," 9 July 2018 Its modern-day incarnation had its origins in the 1800s when a West Virginia woman by the name of Ann Reeves Jarvis began forming clubs through which mothers could help other mothers learn to better parent their children. John D'anna, azcentral, "On Father's Day, dads don't need (or want) you to go through the motions," 15 June 2018 The couple amicably separated in 2016, but never officially divorced and co-parented their daughter. Shanté Honeycutt, Billboard, "Anthony Bourdain's Ex Ottavia Shares Photo of Their Daughter's Concert After His Suicide: 'So Strong and Brave'," 11 June 2018 Robert's true passion in life was parenting his two children. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Robert T. Herdlein," 15 June 2018 Since D’Monte is also a student at the school, Patchen could talk to them about parenting together. Selena Simmons-duffin, Washington Post, "‘Where The Need Is:’ Tackling Teen Pregnancy With A Midwife At School," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of parent

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1663, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for parent

Noun

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin parent-, parens "father or mother, progenitor, ancestor," probably from an aorist participle of parere "to give birth to, bring into being, produce" — more at parturient entry 1

Verb

derivative of parent entry 1

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parent

noun

English Language Learners Definition of parent

: 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

parent

noun
par·ent | \ˈper-ənt \

Kids Definition of parent

1 : a father or mother of a child

2 : an animal or plant that produces offspring

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

Other Words from parent

parent adjective
parental \pə-ˈrent-ᵊl \ adjective

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parent

noun
par·ent

Legal Definition of parent 

1a : a person who begets or brings forth offspring especially : the natural parents of a child born of their marriage

b : a person who legally adopts a child

c : a person or entity that owes to a child a legally imposed duty of support

d : a stepparent where designated by statute

2 : an entity or group that gives rise to or acquires another usually subsidiary entity or group a parent company specifically : a corporation that owns a required minimum percentage of the stock of another corporation — compare affiliate

Other Words from parent

parent adjective
parental \pə-ˈren-təl \ adjective
parentally adverb

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