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

Sweetin plays Lucy, a fifth-grade teacher who is surrounded by love — her parents are celebrating their 40th anniversary and her sister is expecting her first child — but feels anything but lucky in that department. Lindsey O'connell, Woman's Day, "Exclusive! Watch a Sneak Peek of Hallmark Channel’s New Movie with Jodie Sweetin from 'Fuller House'," 5 Mar. 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are already parents to Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, who is just 10 months. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Just Explained What It's Like Being a "Princess"," 2 Mar. 2019 The duo is also pup parents to DJ, Gunner, and Lumpy, Us Weekly reports. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy Just Added Two New Members to Their Family," 9 Feb. 2019 So what are parents—and anyone else worried about the negative effects of screen time—supposed to do? Jessica Wapner, SELF, "How Worried Do You Really Need to Be About Your Screen Time?," 7 Feb. 2019 Why aren’t more parents joining Mr. Pollack in outrage? WSJ, "A Parkland, Fla., Father’s Lonely Crusade," 18 Jan. 2019 The Bohana puffs were a particular favorite—though all the parents, including me, found them to have a disconcerting, livery tang. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Healthy Snack Food Actually Healthy—or Just Addictive?," 18 Jan. 2019 My parents also encouraged entrepreneurship and to work for yourself. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Venus Williams on Balancing Design and Tennis," 15 Jan. 2019 And yes, my parents used to pick up the phone and disrupt my dial-up Internet escapades. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Try your hand at being an operator at the Roseville Telephone Museum," 22 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Besides data, the report recommended the state recruit more families suited to foster pregnant or parenting teens and boost training for case workers who feel ill-equipped to discuss reproductive health. Allie Morris, Houston Chronicle, "Texas Child Protection leader slams foster care pregnancy report," 25 May 2018 The proximity could prove useful as the former couple continues to co-parent their two kids, Taylor and Brayden. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "See Inside Tarek El Moussa's Bachelor Pad Home Following Divorce From Christina," 2 Aug. 2018 But not everything needs to be parented, and sometimes 6’s protective energy can become domineering and controlling. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Basics of Numerology: How to Calculate Your Life Path and Destiny Numbers," 16 July 2018 Here's to moms everywhere who know parenting struggles too well! Madison Alcedo, Woman's Day, "This Mom Tweeted Hilarious Photo of Her Son Finding A Way Around No Food in the Living Room," 14 Mar. 2017 After catching up with Tony Hawk, now 50 and parenting four kids (plus two stepsons), SI's Jacob Feldman peels back the curtain on a different area of Hawk's life. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "How Joey Chestnut Dominates July 4, Tony Hawk's Other Major Talent and More," 6 July 2018 Work, play, and parenting all take place in the family’s sprawling Berlin apartment. Alex Ronan, Vogue, "Meet the Berlin Artist Making a Million Porcelain Dishes Before She Dies," 1 July 2018 Hagiuda acknowledged there is little data on whether fathers are unfit to parent young children. Amanda Erickson, Washington Post, "A senior Japanese official says raising toddlers is not a dad’s job," 29 May 2018 Jenner, who parents Stormi with boyfriend Travis Scott, has been slowly opening up about motherhood since welcoming her daughter on Feb. 1. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Kylie Jenner Is Already Planning 5-Month-Old Daughter Stormi's 'Epic' First Birthday Party," 28 June 2018

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

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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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