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

David Binder was born in London on Feb. 22, 1931, one of four children of American parents, Abner Carroll and Dorothy Walton Binder. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "David Binder, 88, Dies; Chronicled the Cold War and Its Aftermath," 1 July 2019 Questions from the lovelorn, love-lost or betrayed; the confused parents, Bridezillas, and angry in-laws -- all provide insights into the daily struggles presented just by being human and living in the world. Ask Amy, oregonlive.com, "Ask Amy: Let’s talk about gun violence," 1 July 2019 Questions from the lovelorn, love-lost or betrayed; the confused parents, Bridezillas, and angry in-laws – all provide insights into the daily struggles presented just by being human and living in the world. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Correcting the record on ammo and guns," 1 July 2019 The drag superstar shares some advice for those who have yet to come out to their parents, as well, stating that everyone should take their time. Rebecca Schiller, Billboard, "Pabllo Vittar Discusses Coming Out, Shares Advice: 'Surround Yourself With People Who Love You'," 1 July 2019 Of course, the bride's famous parents, Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz, were also in attendance. Evan Real, The Hollywood Reporter, "Zoe Kravitz Marries Karl Glusman Again in France," 30 June 2019 Questions from the lovelorn, love-lost or betrayed; the confused parents, bridezillas and angry in-laws — all provide insights into the daily struggles presented just by being human and living in the world. Amy Dickinson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ask Amy: Correcting the record on ammo and guns," 30 June 2019 Dorothy was predeceased by her parents, Clifford, Kathy, Mary Claire, David, and grandchildren Z (Richard) and Tim. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/29," 29 June 2019 He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Helen (Sakelaris) Maravell of New Bedford. courant.com, "Nicholas G. Maravell," 29 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Since divorcing, Ryan and Witherspoon have mutually co-parented their children. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Ryan Phillippe and His Lookalike Son Hit Firefly Music Festival and Rock Out to Post Malone," 24 June 2019 At any given time, there are approximately 3,000 pregnant or parenting young people in the Tulsa Public School district, according to Strong Tomorrows. Janna Zinzi, Teen Vogue, "For Teen Parents in Tulsa, Respect in School Is the Key to Success," 29 May 2019 Many animal mothers adopt parenting styles that would make any human mom cringe. Brian Handwerk, National Geographic, "'Bad moms' of the animal kingdom are only trying to survive," 10 May 2019 South Dakota star Chris Nilsen balances parenting with pole vaulting. oregonlive.com, "On Track Town, Cravon Gillespie, Jessica Hull and the NCAA Chamionships: Oregon track & field rundown," 4 June 2019 To take a shower, make coffee, schedule a doctor’s appointment, take a work call, text your best friend, or do absolutely anything that can give you a break from the omnipresent need-fulfillment that is parenting young children. Laura Turner, Glamour, "The Big Problem With the New Screen Time Guidelines for Kids," 26 Apr. 2019 People younger than that are routinely trusted with life-and-death situations in a huge array of contexts, ranging from parenting to military service. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "It’s ridiculous that it’s unconstitutional for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to run for president," 12 Dec. 2018 Hood, who was Temple’s leading rusher last season, was one of four Owls players parenting young children in 2017, including Hood’s former roommate and fellow running back Ryquell Armstead. Washington Post, "School, fatherhood, football connect former Temple teammates," 15 June 2018 Just as there were rules on the field, so too were there rules on how to parent a son. Kate Stone Lombardi, Good Housekeeping, "Studies Show Boys Who Are Close to Their Mothers Do Better, Physically and Psychologically," 30 Apr. 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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parent

noun

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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