Essential Meaning of parent
1 : a person who is a father or mother : a person who has a child My parents live in New York. They recently became parents. = They're new parents. See More ExamplesThe form must be signed by a parent or guardian of the child. A few of us are single parents. [=parents who live with a child or children and no husband, wife, or partner] my adoptive parents [=the people who adopted me] The organization helps people who were adopted find their birth/biological parents. [=their natural parents] They'd like to become foster parents. [=people who volunteer to care for a child who is not their biological child]
2 : an animal or plant that produces a young animal or plant The parent brings food to the chicks. the parent bird The new plant will have characteristics of both parent plants.
3 : something out of which another thing has developed
Full 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
parented; parenting; parents
Definition of parent (Entry 2 of 2)
: to be or act as a parent
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