What does parent mean?

Definitions for parent
ˈpɛər ənt, ˈpær-par·ent

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word parent.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. parent(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

  2. parent(verb)

    an organism (plant or animal) from which younger ones are obtained

  3. rear, raise, bring up, nurture, parent(verb)

    bring up

    "raise a family"; "bring up children"

Wiktionary

  1. parent(Noun)

    One of the two persons from whom one is immediately biologically descended; a mother or father.

    Etymology: From parent, parent, from parentem, accusative of parens, present participle of parere.

  2. parent(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From parent, parent, from parentem, accusative of parens, present participle of parere.

  3. parent(Noun)

    A relative.

    Etymology: From parent, parent, from parentem, accusative of parens, present participle of parere.

  4. parent(Noun)

    The source or origin of something.

    Etymology: From parent, parent, from parentem, accusative of parens, present participle of parere.

  5. parent(Noun)

    An organism from which a plant or animal is immediately biologically descended.

    Etymology: From parent, parent, from parentem, accusative of parens, present participle of parere.

  6. parent(Noun)

    A parent company.

    Etymology: From parent, parent, from parentem, accusative of parens, present participle of parere.

  7. parent(Noun)

    The object from which a child or derived object is descended; a node superior to another node.

    Etymology: From parent, parent, from parentem, accusative of parens, present participle of parere.

  8. parent(Verb)

    To act as parent, to raise or rear.

    Etymology: From parent, parent, from parentem, accusative of parens, present participle of parere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parent(noun)

    one who begets, or brings forth, offspring; a father or a mother

    Etymology: [L. parens, -entis; akin to parere to bring forth; cf. Gr. porei^n to give, beget: cf. F. parent. Cf. Part.]

  2. Parent(noun)

    that which produces; cause; source; author; begetter; as, idleness is the parent of vice

    Etymology: [L. parens, -entis; akin to parere to bring forth; cf. Gr. porei^n to give, beget: cf. F. parent. Cf. Part.]

Freebase

  1. Parent

    A parent is a caretaker of the offspring in their own species. In humans, a parent is of a child. Children can have one or more parents, but they must have two biological parents. Biological parents consist of the male who sired the child and the female who gave birth to the child. In all human societies, the biological mother and father are both responsible for raising their young. However, some parents may not be biologically related to their children. An adoptive parent is one who nurtures and raises the offspring of the biological parents but is not actually biologically related to the child. Children without adoptive parents can be raised by their grandparents or other family members. A parent can also be elaborated as an ancestor removed one generation.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Parent

    pār′ent, n. one who begets or brings forth: a father or a mother: one who, or that which, produces: an author: a cause.—n. Par′entage, descent from parents: birth: extraction: rank or character derived from one's parents or ancestors: relation of parents to their children.—adj. Parent′al, pertaining to, or becoming, parents: affectionate: tender.—adv. Parent′ally.—ns. Par′enthood, state of being a parent: duty or feelings of a parent; Parent′icide, one who kills a parent.—adj. Par′entless, without a parent. [Fr., 'kinsman'—L. parens, for pariens, -entis, pr.p. of parĕre, to bring forth.]

Editors Contribution

  1. parent

    A male and female who cocreate a child together.

    Their parents are so valued, loved and respected.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 26, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'parent' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2824

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'parent' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2303

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'parent' in Nouns Frequency: #183

Anagrams for parent »

  1. enrapt, entrap, panter, trepan

How to pronounce parent?

  1. Alex
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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of parent in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of parent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of parent in a Sentence

  1. David Yu:

    HNA's shareholding structure and how they structure investments has always been very complicated, and the HKA case isn't any different, the issue now is that there is some distress at the parent group, and this is obviously having implications on the underlying companies, including HKA.

  2. Shelby Rideout:

    Gone are the days of backyard birthday parties with a homemade cake, a peanut hunt and a game of 'drop a clothes pin' in the bottle, thanks to Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram, parents now get to feel 'less than' for throwing that kind of party. These exaggerations on social media become a measuring stick in which to gauge your success or failure as a parent.

  3. Denise Dowd:

    The most important thing any parent can do is create a home environment that’s nurturing and supportive, and, be attuned to sudden changes in how children act because before they have words for what is going on their bodies will respond.

  4. Stephanie Wissink:

    Initially companies went down the path of almost trying to convey to the parents that you're a bad parent if you let your kid play on a digital device.

  5. Annie Lintzenich Andrews:

    It is incredibly difficult for parents to manage all of this on top of the stressors of everyday life, if a parent is struggling with smoking cessation, this study could provide that final reason they need to quit – no one wants their child to be hospitalized for a potentially preventable problem.

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