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 Baltimore, the Horseshoe Casino and its parent company, Caesars Entertainment, are developing an in-person sports betting area and recently inked a deal to advertise with the Baltimore Ravens at nearby M&T Bank Stadium. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, 10 Sep. 2021 No one gives you a pamphlet on how to be the parent of a missing child. Katherine Laidlaw, Wired, 9 Sep. 2021 Edwina’s father was a remote figure, busy pursuing his parliamentary business or sporting interests, and her mother, Maud, frequently ill, had no idea how to be a parent to Edwina. Andrew Lownie, Town & Country, 7 Sep. 2021 Robert Galop is the parent of two students at the school, but his children do not play for Tonga. Carma Hassan And Kay Jones, CNN, 25 Aug. 2021 To be a parent is to live in a state of love and terror, knowing all that could befall your children. Kelley Manley, Marie Claire, 23 Aug. 2021 Cartwright said the district found the Health Department rule ambiguous, saying only that there needs to be a parent opt out. al, 18 Aug. 2021 Being a parent, Prepon shared, has been a driving force encouraging her to make several changes in her life. Selome Hailu, Variety, 17 Aug. 2021 However, the most prominent public face of this political mobilization is not a parent at all, but a childless, 34-year-old political operative named Ryan Girdusky. Jake Bittle, The New Republic, 13 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At home, Ji-Yoon is struggling to parent her young adoptive daughter, Juju (Everly Carganilla). Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 20 Aug. 2021 Sonja Goetsch-Avila: Everyone should be able to determine if, when, and how to parent on their own terms. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 July 2021 As is the case for many common questions about how to parent the 5-to-12 set, there’s just not much meaningful research out there about phones. Vicky Hallett, Washington Post, 30 July 2021 But what the reproductive justice framework encourages us to do is to think about those who think beyond the right not to have a child and to think about the right to have a child — and then also the right to parent one’s child with dignity. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2021 The entire time, a temporary protection order has interfered with the woman’s ability to co-parent her child, Ms. Wong said. Andy Newman, New York Times, 25 June 2021 That impulse to parent furry companions is spurring the growth of a massive pet-care industry which is expected to pass $100 billion in annual revenues this year in the US alone. Oliver Staley, Quartz, 16 June 2021 According to the 2020 United States Census, 8.5 million out of 11 million families with children under 18 are led by women who parent alone. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 June 2021 Both families were naturally sad at the announcement, but fully supportive of Peter and Autumn in the joint decision to co parent their children. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, 14 June 2021

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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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parenesis

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parentage

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12 Sep 2021

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“Parent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parent. Accessed 19 Sep. 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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