parent

1 of 2

noun

par·​ent ˈper-ənt How to pronounce parent (audio)
1
a
: one that begets or brings forth offspring
just became parents of twins
b
: a person who brings up and cares for another
foster parents
2
a
: 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 adjective
parental adjective
parentally adverb
parentless adjective

parent

2 of 2

verb

parented; parenting; parents

transitive verb

: to be or act as the parent of : originate, produce

intransitive verb

: to be or act as a parent

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Investment firm Altimeter Capital said in an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg last month that Facebook META 0.54% parent Meta Platforms Inc. should slash staff and pare back its metaverse ambitions. Lauren Thomas, WSJ, 20 Nov. 2022 Shannon Scott-Miller, a parent of a transgender child and a mental health therapist, said the bill denies parents their rights to choose health care for their kids. cleveland, 16 Nov. 2022 Earnings season is nearing its end, with Target, Walmart, Macy’s and TJX, the parent of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, reporting this week. Peyton Forte, Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2022 India is a key growth engine for global internet companies like Twitter, Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google, which are relying on its large potential pool of new online users. Arkansas Online, 8 Nov. 2022 Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg in September outlined plans to reorganize teams and reduce headcount for the first time, following a sharp slowdown in growth at the parent of Facebook and Instagram. Time, 7 Nov. 2022 Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg in September outlined plans to reorganize teams and reduce headcount for the first time, following a sharp slowdown in growth at the parent of Facebook and Instagram. Shiyin Chen, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Nov. 2022 The corporate parent of Rocket Mortgage on Thursday reported $25.6 billion in originations for the third quarter and $96 million in net income, or profit. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, 4 Nov. 2022 Film distribution company Kino Lorber has acquired media company MHz Networks, parent of streamer MHz Choice, a North American subscription VOD service specializing in international TV series. Todd Spangler, Variety, 3 Nov. 2022
Verb
While women who parent alone may already have lower levels of trust in the government after having been let down in the past—and hence a lower baseline from which to measure—the disenchantment reflected among married women is worrying. Courtney Tenz, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 Nov. 2022 Essentially, to parent through rewards is to play with the levers of a child’s dopamine. Josh Wilbur, The Atlantic, 13 Oct. 2022 JoJo will need a family that understands trauma and how to parent a child with a trauma history. BostonGlobe.com, 30 July 2022 The couple split again in June 2021 after Thompson was seen partying with multiple women in Los Angeles, but continued to amicably co-parent their daughter. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 28 Sep. 2022 Ultimately, trying to parent by other people’s standards is a recipe for stress, Dr. Gallagher says. Korin Miller, SELF, 23 Aug. 2022 The exes still plan to co-parent their six kids, and Christine recently vowed to PEOPLE that she's done sharing a husband. Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 1 Sep. 2022 Your daughter is also not amenable to any parenting input from you, leading to your upset on two levels: your own child not finding her maturity to parent better, and your granddaughters’ frustration, heartache and misbehavior. Meghan Leahy, Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2022 The sponsors expect and will encourage a wide spectrum of views on women’s health, reproductive freedom, parenthood (or not to parent) and gender. Holly Mullen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1663, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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

Dictionary Entries Near parent

Cite this Entry

“Parent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parent. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

parent

noun

par·​ent
ˈpar-ənt,
ˈper-
1
a
: one that is a father or mother
b
: an animal or plant that produces offspring
2
: the original source of something
parent adjective
parenthood
-ˌhu̇d
noun

Medical Definition

parent

noun

par·​ent ˈpar-ənt, ˈper- How to pronounce parent (audio)
1
: one that begets or brings forth offspring
2
: the material or source from which something is derived
parent adjective
parental adjective

Legal Definition

parent

noun

par·​ent
1
a
: 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
parent adjective
parental adjective
parentally adverb
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