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 Applicants, parents and school counselors are urged to review the guidelines and rules carefully. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Deadline nears for Fort Bend County Fair scholarships," 14 Jan. 2020 Currently, the council of teachers, parents and an administrator interview and hire their school's principal. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Proposed Kentucky law would give superintendents the final say over school principals," 14 Jan. 2020 Racheal, Raina and LaBonte's parents and brother were vacationing at a Tuscan villa, waiting for Darren to join them after the meeting. NBC News, "Ten years after a CIA operation in Afghanistan went wrong, a slain officer's family celebrates his memory," 13 Jan. 2020 Thanks to all the members of our generous community who took part; including our sponsors, participants, judges, parents, and volunteers who supported this first contest. Katherine Heilman, Cincinnati.com, "Writing Our Roots Awards Ceremony 2019," 11 Jan. 2020 Thankfully, Jo was raised by Marmee—a loving, committed parent—and grew up putting on plays for the neighborhood children and showing her stories to her sisters, who adore her writing. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Want to give good feedback? Do the opposite of professor Bhaer in “Little Women”," 10 Jan. 2020 The revival has been in production since late October, and returning Lizzie McGuire favorites Hallie Todd, Robert Carradine, and Jake Thomas, who played Lizzie’s parents and younger brother on the original series, are reprising their roles. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Lizzie McGuire creator Terri Minsky steps down as showrunner of Disney+ revival," 10 Jan. 2020 Her parents and four young children died in the rubble. Brett Murphy, USA Today, "Reporting on a deadly airstrike in Afghanistan," 9 Jan. 2020 The agent who questioned her asked about her background, citizenship, military experience and details about her parents and siblings, including dates of birth and employment. New York Times, "U.S. Stops Dozens of Iranian-Americans Returning From Canada," 5 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb All schools struggled in the area of financial assistance, with only 5 percent of schools offering grants to pregnant and parenting students and only 42 percent offering scholarships. Kristan Hawkins, National Review, "A Room at the Inn and Other Needs of Pregnant and Parenting Students," 23 Dec. 2019 While balancing work and school, he and Lisa also parent their 2-year-old daughter, Quinn. BostonGlobe.com, "STOUGHTON — Nicholas Paicos returned from an Army deployment in Afghanistan and found it difficult to readjust and find his way.," 11 Dec. 2019 Her videos, which tackle everything from parenting while sick to her sarcastic take on why women should never breastfeed in public, regularly get millions of views. Emma Baty, Redbook, "This Video of a Mom Acting Like Her Toddler Will Have You Crying/Laughing," 25 May 2017 Mann had hit not on a punchline, but a viable hypothesis: Since their earliest days, varanopids may have made parenting a priority. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Lizard-Like Fossil May Represent 306-Million-Year-Old Evidence of Animal Parenting," 24 Dec. 2019 Respite care is vital for reducing parents’ day-to-day stresses and giving them time to rest and attend to their other responsibilities, such as work and parenting other children. Katherine Rafferty, The Conversation, "Parents of medically fragile children and their kids could use help, understanding year-round," 17 Dec. 2019 When the two met, Brown was newly evicted while struggling to balance finances, parenting her daughter Mariana and going to school. James Burky, The Denver Post, "Denver’s Sacred Heart House fosters success for women facing homelessness," 15 Dec. 2019 Following their divorce in 2001, Sandy and Garth worked hard to co-parent their three daughters — Taylor, 27, August, 25, and Allie, 23. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "What Garth Brooks’s Ex Wife Sandy Mahl Really Thought of Him Marrying Trisha Yearwood," 4 Dec. 2019 Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott may no longer be an item, but that isn't stopping them from co-parenting their daughter, Stormi Webster. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Takes Stormi Webster to Astroworld for a Travis Scott Reunion," 11 Nov. 2019

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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

17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Parent.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parent?src=search-dict-box. Accessed 22 January 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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