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 In Los Angeles, the health authorities require anyone younger than 18 to be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or responsible adult and to present photo identification and verification of age, county officials said. BostonGlobe.com, "US vaccine rollout begins for adolescents ages 12-15," 13 May 2021 Anyone younger than 18 should be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult, and present photo identification and verification of age, county officials said. Los Angeles Times, "Younger teenagers will start getting COVID-19 vaccine Thursday in L.A. County," 12 May 2021 Anybody under 18 who wants to be vaccinated must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and complete a consent form. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida readies to vaccinate children 12 and older following federal OK," 12 May 2021 The vaccine is voluntary for students, who must submit consent forms filled out by their parent or guardian. David Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Harford school officials emphasize student vaccinations as crucial part of return to full-time, in-person operations next year," 12 May 2021 For those under 18, consent of a parent or legal guardian is required and the child must be accompanied by an adult. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "CVS to offer COVID-19 vaccines to Kentucky kids ages 12 to 15 starting Thursday," 12 May 2021 Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive the vaccine. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan 'ready to go' as CDC authorizes Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for kids 12-15," 12 May 2021 State officials said during a news briefing Tuesday that adolescents will need parent or guardian approval to make appointments or to participate in on-campus vaccination events. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Adolescent vaccination could be available as early as Thursday," 11 May 2021 Children have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and parents can register at vaccine.cookcountyil.gov to make appointments. Mike Nolan, chicagotribune.com, "South suburban vaccination rates lag despite expanded access to shots," 11 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Commissioned by pet food brand I and love and you and conducted by OnePoll, the survey also explored how people parent their pets and all the love and care that goes into taking care of a four-legged friend. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, "Over 40 Percent of Pet Parents Look at Their Cat or Dog as a 'Starter Child,' Survey Finds," 27 Apr. 2021 The majority of parents gave excellent or good ratings to their child's school or sports league for clear communication, treating children fairly and listening to parent concerns about the virus. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Poll: Youth sports good at communicating COVID-19 safety protocols, bad at enforcing virus precautions," 13 Apr. 2021 Routines and checklists might not be able to parent, but with them, Sean won’t need you anymore—at least, not for completing his schoolwork. Brian Platzer, The Atlantic, "Homeroom: I Can’t Keep Prodding My Son to Do His Work," 3 Mar. 2021 Chesa Boudin writes a deeply personal essay about how his mother and father fought to parent him while incarcerated. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Essential California: The state of a state in flux," 9 Mar. 2021 Records cited in the filing show White has embraced prison programs while behind bars and even managed to co-parent his daughter — who was born eight months after his arrest — from a distance. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "With judges critical of ‘stash house’ tactic in federal cases, the convicted see chance for redemption," 5 Mar. 2021 That, looking back, her mom — who could at times be abusive — didn't always have the tools to parent her and her siblings. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "Once homeless, this former foster youth is advocating for change within Indiana DCS," 2 Mar. 2021 With daycares closed, she and her husband were both forced to parent two kids while working full-time. Mirel Zaman, refinery29.com, "Actually, New Year’s Resolutions Are Meaningless: How 2020 Changed Self-Help," 31 Dec. 2020 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

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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

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The first known use of parent was in the 15th century

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15 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Parent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parent. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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 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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