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 As a result, participation in youth sports is increasingly determined not by enthusiasm or ability, but by the relative wealth of one’s parents. Kanishk Tharoor, The New Republic, "The Exclusivity Economy," 21 Apr. 2020 Harvest outlooks for those stocks are based upon parent year spawning escapements, age composition, recent trends, and the likely level of harvest and processing capacity that can be expected. Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s 2020 salmon catch expected to be down 36% after a big 2019 season," 21 Apr. 2020 Until early last month, which seems so long ago, the couple had the typical routine of exhausted young parents: juggling work schedules with child care, one covering the other’s day off. New York Times, "Two E.R. Workers Worry: If They Died, Who’d Take Care of Their Son?," 20 Apr. 2020 Davenport said anything from pregnancies to suspensions to parents frequently moving have contributed to students seeking stability at Dohn. Max Londberg, Cincinnati.com, "With Ohio schools closed for school year, one superintendent vows to hand-deliver diplomas," 20 Apr. 2020 The unprecedented situation leaves parents with a myriad of questions: How will my student catch up? Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "School is out in Kentucky. Here's what parents and students need to know," 20 Apr. 2020 Having their children instructed in such doctrines might offend some parents as much as school prayer might offend some atheists. Fred Bauer, National Review, "Proposals to Ban Homeschooling Are an Attack on Pluralism," 20 Apr. 2020 As evidenced in the Cait Flanders example above, the words and actions of parents really do have an effect on young ears. Oregonkid.com, oregonlive, "Now is as good a time as any to start talking to kids about financial responsibility," 19 Apr. 2020 Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are among dozens of parents accused of paying bribes to get their children into top-tier colleges and universities. NBC News, "Judge in Lori Loughlin case calls claim of investigator misconduct 'disturbing'," 18 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But working and parenting require different skills, and trying to do them both, at the same time and in the same place, is insane-making. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Is Your Office Closed? Compensate With a Workplace Comedy," 11 May 2020 Meanwhile, employees are facing the mundane challenges of dealing with slower internet speeds, parenting while working and trying to stay productive. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, "How 3 Michiganders are improvising while working from home during coronavirus crisis," 1 May 2020 Think of it as a reference point for later, says Samantha Angoletta, managing editor of the Scary Mommy parenting website. Nerd Wallet, oregonlive, "Baby registry rules? The only rule is, register for what you want - in a way that works for everyone," 29 Apr. 2020 Tully then looked to a familiar place for guidance: her neighborhood parenting email group. Anchorage Daily News, "Without guidance from the top, Americans have been left to figure out their own coronavirus solutions," 15 Mar. 2020 Touchstone Health Services, Phoenix $7,500 Funding will help to support homeless pregnant and parenting women in the community to better understand personal challenges and to be able to nurture their relationships with their children. James Carr, azcentral, "143 Arizona charities awarded $1.8M in Season for Sharing grants," 8 Mar. 2020 Maggie’s Place provides life-changing programs and services for pregnant and parenting women and their children by offering a warm and welcoming community, a safe place to live and learn, and on-going services to help them become self-sufficient. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Greater Cleveland Fish Fry Guide 2020: Northeast Ohio’s most complete list," 26 Feb. 2020 The Obama's celebrity added a heightened stress to parenting teenagers, Obama said. CBS News, "Michelle Obama talks relationships, time in the White House and what she tells her daughters," 7 July 2019 The Parent Assistance Line, a free service funded by the Alabama Department of Child Abuse Neglect Prevention and the Department of Human Resources, has been a listening ear for those who are parenting during a pandemic. al, "Here’s how Alabama parents teach during the pandemic," 21 Apr. 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

24 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Parent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parent. Accessed 4 Jun. 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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