par·​ent·​ing ˈper-ən-tiŋ How to pronounce parenting (audio)
: the raising of a child by its parents
: the act or process of becoming a parent
: the taking care of someone in the manner of a parent

Examples of parenting in a Sentence

They share the responsibilities of parenting. as the big day approaches, the expectant couple are starting to get worried about their fitness for parenting
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Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of parenting was in 1918

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“Parenting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


par·​ent·​ing ˈpar-ənt-iŋ How to pronounce parenting (audio)
: the raising of a child by its parents

Medical Definition


par·​ent·​ing ˈpar-ənt-iŋ, ˈper- How to pronounce parenting (audio)
: the raising of a child by its parents

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