Definition of Parent

1. Noun. A father or mother; one who begets or one who gives birth to or nurtures and raises a child; a relative who plays the role of guardian.

Group relationships: Family, Family Unit
Specialized synonyms: Adopter, Adoptive Parent, Empty Nester, Begetter, Father, Male Parent, Filicide, Female Parent, Mother, Stepparent
Generic synonyms: Genitor
Antonyms: Child
Derivative terms: Parental, Parental, Parenthood



2. Verb. Bring up. "Bring up children"
Exact synonyms: Bring Up, Nurture, Raise, Rear
Specialized synonyms: Fledge, Cradle, Foster
Causes: Grow Up
Derivative terms: Nurture, Nurture, Parentage, Parentage, Parentage, Raising, Rearing, Rearing

3. Noun. An organism (plant or animal) from which younger ones are obtained.
Generic synonyms: Being, Organism

Definition of Parent

1. n. One who begets, or brings forth, offspring; a father or a mother.

Definition of Parent

1. Noun. One of the two persons from whom one is immediately biologically descended; a mother or father. (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

2. Noun. A person who acts as a parent in rearing a child; a step-parent or adoptive parent. ¹

3. Noun. (obsolete) A relative. (defdate 15th-18th c.) ¹

4. Noun. The source or origin of something. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

5. Noun. (biology) An organism from which a plant or animal is immediately biologically descended. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

6. Noun. A parent company. (defdate from 20th c.) ¹

7. Noun. (computing) The object from which a child or derived object is descended; a node superior to another node. (defdate from 20th c.) ¹

8. Verb. To act as parent, to raise or rear. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Parent

1. to exercise the functions of a parent (a father or mother) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Parent

1. 1. One who begets, or brings forth, offspring; a father or a mother. "Children, obey your parents in the Lord." (Eph. Vi. 1) 2. That which produces; cause; source; author; begetter; as, idleness is the parent of vice. "Regular industry is the parent of sobriety." (Channing) Parent cell. A nucleus which, in cell division, divides, and gives rise to two or more daughter nuclei. See Karyokinesis, and Cell division, under Division. Origin: L. Parens, -entis; akin to parere to bring forth; cf. Gr. To give, beget: cf. F. Parent. Cf. Part. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Parent

parenchymal atelectasis
parenchymal cell
parenchymas
parenchymata
parenchymatitis
parenchymatous
parenchymatous cartilage
parenchymatous cell of corpus pineale
parenchymatous degeneration
parenchymatous goiter
parenchymatous haemorrhage
parenchymatous mastitis
parenchymatous neuritis
parenesis
parens
parent (current term)
parent-child relations
parent-in-law
parent artery
parent cell
parent companies
parent company
parent compound
parent compounds
parent cyst
parent material
parent nuclide
parentage
parentages
parental

Literary usage of Parent

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Digest of the Decisions of the Courts of Last Resort of the Several States by Stewart Rapalje (1891)
"S27-330. right of parent surrendering child to grand puren ta, 43 II. ... Interests of child are paramount to the right of either parent ..."

2. The Republic of Plato by Plato, Benjamin Jowett (1881)
"But as you are of the same original family, a golden parent will sometimes have a silver son, or a silver parent a golden son. ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"The parent becomes acquainted with the difficulties besetting the teacher by ... In so far as the parent can comprehend, he is made to see the educational ..."

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