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mother

A mother is a female parent: mothers nurture and mother children. It's also a term for an elderly woman or mother superior.

Your mother is the woman who gave birth to you: mothers are parents, the female equivalent of a father. Besides biological mothers, there are stepmothers and adopted mothers: they all do mothering, which means taking care of children (or, sometimes, being overprotective of children). Oddly enough, a mother is also slimy substance that forms during the fermentation of wine or cider. But in any case, mothers give and sustain life.

Definitions of mother
  1. noun
    a woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother)
    “the mother of three children”
    synonyms: female parent
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    Antonyms:
    begetter, father, male parent
    a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father)
    examples:
    Blessed Virgin
    the mother of Jesus; Christians refer to her as the Virgin Mary; she is especially honored by Roman Catholics
    Naomi
    the mother-in-law of Ruth whose story is told in the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament
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    ma, mama, mamma, mammy, mom, momma, mommy, mum, mummy
    informal terms for a mother
    mater
    an informal use of the Latin word for mother; sometimes used by British schoolboys or used facetiously
    mother-in-law
    the mother of your spouse
    para I, primipara
    (obstetrics) woman who has been delivered of a child for the first time
    puerpera
    a woman in childbirth or shortly thereafter
    quadripara
    (obstetrics) woman who has given birth to a viable infant in each of four pregnancies
    quintipara
    (obstetrics) woman who has given birth to a viable infant in each of five pregnancies
    supermom
    an informal term for a mother who can combine childcare and full-time employment
    surrogate mother
    a woman who bears a child for a couple where the wife is unable to do so
    type of:
    parent
    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. noun
    a term of address for an elderly woman
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    type of:
    old woman
    a woman who is old
  3. noun
    a term of address for a mother superior
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    type of:
    abbess, mother superior, prioress
    the superior of a group of nuns
  4. verb
    care for like a mother
    synonyms: fuss, overprotect
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    type of:
    care, give care
    provide care for
  5. verb
    make children
    synonyms: beget, bring forth, engender, father, generate, get, sire
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    type of:
    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  6. noun
    a condition that is the inspiration for an activity or situation
    “necessity is the mother of invention”
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    type of:
    inspiration
    arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity
  7. noun
    a stringy slimy substance consisting of yeast cells and bacteria; forms during fermentation and is added to cider or wine to produce vinegar
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    type of:
    barm, yeast
    a commercial leavening agent containing yeast cells; used to raise the dough in making bread and for fermenting beer or whiskey
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