: one that begets or brings forth offspring
just became parents of twins
: a person who brings up and cares for another
: an animal or plant that is regarded in relation to its offspring
The parent brings food to the chicks.
: the material or source from which something is derived
Latin is the parent of several languages.
: a group from which another arises and to which it usually remains subsidiary
a parent company
parented; parenting; parents
: to be or act as a parent
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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NounThe parents had been attending church services, the police department said. —Dennis Romero, NBC News, 31 May 2023 She was accompanied by her parents and husband Billy Evans. —Luke Barr, ABC News, 30 May 2023 The newborn, its parents and Moke also live with a 41-year-old female named Mandara and her 14-year-old daughter, Kibibi. —Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 30 May 2023 Health authorities quickly removed the girls from the parents, accusing the latter of seeking to exploit their novelty. —Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 May 2023 Another bill, still in committee at the time, promised to eliminate most zoning restrictions within half a mile of every BART station, so that every house in my parents’ neighborhood could in theory be torn down and replaced with apartment buildings. —Daniel Duane, New York Times, 30 May 2023 And that was by a kind and beautiful woman who seemed to know her parents, could answer all the questions and is clearly not a stranger, and gave her life advice that seemed very well-intentioned. —Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 May 2023 Kadeem was born and raised in Mattapan, the neighborhood’s heavy Caribbean population making the area a home away from home for his Jamaican parents. —Max Bell, SPIN, 30 May 2023 Faith Pinho: The fact is, Paulina’s custody hearing would affect more than the two girls and their parents. —The Foretold Team, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2023
VerbThe prominence of Armstrong’s blog also kicked off what would become a national discussion on the role of children in parenting content online. —Taylor Lorenz, Washington Post, 10 May 2023 The nonprofit’s signature program, Street of Dreams, is an arts education and college bridge program for teen mothers at Lindsay Community School, an education partnership with Children of the Rainbow for pregnant and parenting teens in ninth through 12th grades. —Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 May 2023 There was an actual relationship that went on, Arthur parenting me in my distress. —Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 23 Mar. 2023 Who knew a movie adapted from parenting book Queen Bees and Wannabes would result in one of the most beloved movies of our generation? —Stacey Grant, Seventeen, 12 May 2023 Handmade in Los Angeles, the limited-edition piece benefits Zajfen’s organization, which supports Alliance for Children’s Rights’ work with pregnant and parenting youth in the Los Angeles foster care system. —Lindzi Scharf, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 May 2023 Duke has experienced pregnancy and parenting herself and has family members who are in long-term recovery as well. —Ana Rocío Álvarez Bríñez, The Courier-Journal, 28 Apr. 2023 Jimmy deals with parenting his teenage daughter, who wants to go on a group date. —Olivia Mccormack, Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2023 Bonding with children at the start of life is how fathers grow empowered to parent them throughout their development. —David Oliver, USA TODAY, 14 Mar. 2023 See More
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