parenting

noun par·ent·ing \ ˈper-ən-tiŋ \
|Updated on: 8 Aug 2018

Definition of parenting

1 : the raising of a child by its parents
2 : the act or process of becoming a parent
3 : the taking care of someone in the manner of a parent

Examples of parenting in a Sentence

  1. They share the responsibilities of parenting.

  2. as the big day approaches, the expectant couple are starting to get worried about their fitness for parenting

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First Known Use of parenting

1918

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PARENTING Defined for English Language Learners

parenting

Definition of parenting for English Language Learners

  • : the process of taking care of children until they are old enough to take care of themselves : the things that parents do to raise a child


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parenting

noun par·ent·ing \ ˈpar-ənt-iŋ, ˈper- \

medical Definition of parenting

: the raising of a child by its parents

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