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 parent (audio) \ adjective
parentally \ pə-​ˈren-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce parent (audio) \ adverb
parentless \ ˈper-​ənt-​ləs How to pronounce parent (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 As any passionate pet-parent knows, an animal-friendly home is critical to your pet's health, comfort, and happiness. Laura Lajiness, House Beautiful, "6 Ways to Keep Pets Safe At Home This Winter," 6 Jan. 2021 Warner Chappell parent Warner Music Group launched its own IPO in May, valuing the company at roughly $12.5 billion. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Triller Names Warner Chappell's Paul Kahn CFO Ahead of Stock Market Debut," 6 Jan. 2021 After sharing how growing up the son of a white mother and a Black father in a single-parent home has shaped his views on love, Matt sits down with his mother to reflect on his dating life. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "'The Bachelor' recap: Matt James makes his TV debut in a night of franchise firsts, 8 sent home," 5 Jan. 2021 Courtney Sandifer, a Conroe ISD parent with a daughter in high school and son in middle school, hopes that her children can find success through the initiative. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, "Retired teachers band together to offer tutoring help to offset COVID-19 gaps in learning," 1 Jan. 2021 He's learned life skills any parent can appreciate. Mark Strassmann, CBS News, "Young brothers give back amid success of bowtie business," 1 Jan. 2021 Those companies and their parent corporations also had no comment on the findings. oregonlive, "Child labor in palm oil industry tied to popular U.S. brands, including Girl Scout cookies," 30 Dec. 2020 The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Wendy Fry and Alejandro Tamayo spent the past several months with parents and family members, and interviewing state and national officials in Mexico, to produce a series of articles about the parent collectives. Wendy Fry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "In their own words: Parents talk about their endless search for Mexico’s missing," 30 Dec. 2020 When a parent or family member approaches Desi Rainbow, a volunteer or group of volunteers begin by giving them a space to unload their fears and grief and show them that many within the organisation have gone through similar journeys. Amanat Khullar, Quartz India, "How LGBTQ+ members of the South Asian diaspora navigate stigma and stress," 29 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Her drug addiction interfered with her ability to parent her sons, both now grown; her mother helped raise them. oregonlive, "Why would state prison inmates turn down an offer for early release during pandemic?," 20 Dec. 2020 There is no one answer in how to parent a troubled child. Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Friend wants to weigh in on troubled teen," 1 Dec. 2020 There is no one answer in how to parent a troubled child. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Indictment of friend’s personality, parenting style isn’t likely to inspire change," 1 Dec. 2020 There is no one answer in how to parent a troubled child. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, "Ask Amy: Friend wants to weigh in on troubled teen," 1 Dec. 2020 And make no mistake, to parent a child with Down syndrome can be extraordinarily hard. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "Atlantic Cover Story Treats Abortion as a Given," 25 Nov. 2020 The relationship between the reproductive justice movement, with its inclusion of the right to parent as a central tenet, and the reproductive rights movement, with its traditional focus on a woman’s right to not have a child, is complex. Dani Mcclain, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Racial Reckoning Happening Inside Planned Parenthood," 23 Nov. 2020 In addition to filming the show together, Anstead and El Moussa also co-parent their children. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Christina Anstead Opens Up About Everything That's Changed Since "Flip or Flop" Premiered in 2010," 14 Oct. 2020 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

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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

15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Parent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parent. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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 parent (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 parent (audio) \ adjective
parentally adverb

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