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  
  2. parent

    A male or female who created a human being.

    Their parents both were delighted at the birth of their child.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 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
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say parent in sign language?

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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. Jennifer Ward:

    The way it has worked historically is, when a child comes into the US without a parent or legal guardian, if there is a parent or guardian or relative already here, they would be placed with that person as a' sponsor' while they are undergoing immigration hearings.

  2. Rhonda Edmunds:

    It’s relentless. There’s no break, you can just imagine a sleep-deprived parent, who can’t cope with her own issues, let alone their baby, and how that can lead to abuse or neglect.

  3. Vaile Wright:

    In order to be an effective parent, to be an effective worker, you have to take care of yourself, we, as humans, have a finite amount of resources, like a car that runs on gas, and you have to fill the tank up or you're going to run out. People are the same way.

  4. Cruz Paul:

    For traditional citizenship it always has been (your parent), but the only part of the Constitution that says 'natural-born' is with regard to the President. So it appears to be a unique qualification and most people have interpreted they had to be born in the U.S. until recently, so I think eventually the Supreme Court will probably have to decide it.

  5. Polk County:

    We are completely heartbroken and send our deepest condolences to Yazmin White’s family, this is a tragedy no parent or family should have to go through. Please keep them in your prayers.

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