parent

noun
par·​ent | \ ˈper-ənt How to pronounce parent (audio) \

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 How to pronounce parental (audio) \ adjective
parentally \ pə-​ˈren-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce parentally (audio) \ adverb
parentless \ ˈper-​ənt-​ləs How to pronounce parentless (audio) \ 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 New Economy Forum is organized by Bloomberg Media Group, a division of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News. Fortune, "What will President Joe Biden mean for investors? BlackRock CEO Larry Fink weighs in," 19 Nov. 2020 The Trump administration has tried to ban TikTok based on security concerns about its parent company’s ties to China. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, "Even as COVID-19 surges, Triller planned a red carpet party in a Hollywood Hills mansion," 19 Nov. 2020 NBCUniversal, the parent company of NBC News, is an investor in BuzzFeed. NBC News, "BuzzFeed acquires HuffPost as digital media companies join forces," 19 Nov. 2020 The Zone, which is owned by the parent company that owns the Utah Jazz. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: Holy Azubuike! The Utah Jazz go big in the draft, but they need much, much more.," 19 Nov. 2020 While the latter is definitely appreciated, few milestones are as stressful as your first few months as a new parent. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "25 Thoughtful Gifts for New Moms in 2020," 5 Nov. 2020 As the parent, your parental judgment needs to prevail. Hannah Herrera Greenspan, chicagotribune.com, "Your child wants to go trick-or-treating this Halloween with friends. What should you do?," 30 Oct. 2020 Quintin did more than allow Chad to reach new heights as a parent. Star Tribune, "Sid Hartman remembered as Dad, as Grandpa – and, yes, also as 'Sid!' – by son Chad Hartman," 20 Oct. 2020 The Day Hill Dome is the vision of Vincent DiCarlo and is a by-product of his professional experiences as a sports information director and as a parent raising children involved in athletics. Steven Goode, courant.com, "Day Hill Dome a step closer to reality," 19 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The pair continues to amicably co-parent their two children, Taylor and Brayden, as well as film the show that started it all: Flip or Flop. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Christina Anstead and Tarek El Moussa's Relationship," 6 Nov. 2020 Hartley and Korman currently co-parent their now 16-year-old, Isabella Justice Hartley. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Chrishell Stause and Justin Hartley Played Love Interests in This Romantic Comedy Prior to Divorce," 26 Oct. 2020 This often overplayed phrase, while not always helpful, is true: No one is meant to parent alone. Danielle Campoamor, Woman's Day, "How to Help Working Moms Impacted by COVID-19," 14 Oct. 2020 Kerr and Bloom co-parent their 9½-year-old son Flynn. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Miranda Kerr Calls Katy Perry 'Amazing' as Singer Heads Back to Work 6 Weeks After Giving Birth," 13 Oct. 2020 One thing that struck me was watching Emma, a mother, trying to parent from space. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "What Is It Like to Actually Parent From Space?," 4 Sep. 2020 With two young daughters at home, Alexander and his wife, Alison Starling, have been finding ways to simultaneously parent and report. Sean Neumann, PEOPLE.com, "NBC's Kristen Welker & Peter Alexander on Being in the 'Front Row' of a Headline-Making Year," 17 Aug. 2020 That means, somewhere out there, a mom is trying to parent through a migraine. Tonilyn Hornung, Good Housekeeping, "Migraines Disproportionately Affect Women, and They Can Make Parenting Feel Impossible," 30 June 2020 Jason Oppenheim and Mary Fitzgerald co-parent these loyal workers. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Your Ultimate Guide to the Cast of Netflix's "Selling Sunset"," 7 Aug. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for parent

Time Traveler

The first known use of parent was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Parent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parent. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for parent

parent

noun
How to pronounce parent (audio)

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 How to pronounce parent (audio) \

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- How to pronounce parent (audio) \

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 How to pronounce parental (audio) \ 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 How to pronounce parental (audio) \ adjective
parentally adverb

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