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parent

noun par·ent \ ˈper-ənt \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of parent

1 a : one that begets or brings forth offspring
  • just became parents of twins
b : a person who brings up and cares for another
  • foster parents
2 a : 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

adjective

parental

play \pə-ˈren-tᵊl\ adjective

parentally

play \pə-ˈren-tᵊl-ē\ adverb

parentless

play \ˈper-ənt-ləs\ adjective

Examples of parent in a Sentence

  1. My parents live in New York.

  2. The form must be signed by a parent or guardian of the child.

  3. The parent brings food to the chicks.

  4. The new plant will have characteristics of both parent plants.

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Origin and Etymology of parent

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin parent-, parens; akin to Latin parere to give birth to

Other Genetics Terms


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parent

verb

Definition of parent

transitive verb
: to be or act as the parent of : originate, produce
intransitive verb
: to be or act as a parent

Recent Examples of parent from the Web

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First Known Use of parent

1663



PARENT Defined for English Language Learners

parent

noun

Definition of parent for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

parent

noun par·ent \ ˈper-ənt \

Definition of parent for Students

1 : a father or mother of a child
2 : an animal or plant that produces offspring

Medical Dictionary

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

parent

adjective

parental

play \pə-ˈrent-ᵊl\ adjective

Law Dictionary

parent

noun par·ent

legal Definition of parent

1 a : 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

parent

adjective

parental

play \pə-ˈren-təl\ adjective

parentally

adverb


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