Other forms: parents; parenting; parented

A parent is a mother or father. Your mom and your dad are your parents, and one of their jobs is to parent you.

We're all born to parents, and many of us also have step parents, foster parents, or adoptive parents who parent us. You might also use parent to talk about plants and animals; maybe your new puppy's parents were dog show champions, for example. Things that act as the source or owner of something else are also parents, like a parent company that owns the local bookshop. The Latin root is parere, "give birth to, produce."

Definitions 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
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    child, kid
    a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age
    Blessed Virgin
    the mother of Jesus; Christians refer to her as the Virgin Mary; she is especially honored by Roman Catholics
    the mother-in-law of Ruth whose story is told in the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament
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    adopter, adoptive parent
    a person who adopts a child of other parents as his or her own child
    empty nester
    a parent whose children have grown up and left home
    begetter, father, male parent
    a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father)
    a parent who murders his own son or daughter
    female parent, mother
    a woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother)
    the spouse of your parent by a subsequent marriage
    dad, dada, daddy, pa, papa, pappa, pop
    an informal term for a father; probably derived from baby talk
    the father of your spouse
    ma, mama, mamma, mammy, mom, momma, mommy, mum, mummy
    informal terms for a mother
    an informal use of the Latin word for mother; sometimes used by British schoolboys or used facetiously
    the mother of your spouse
    old man
    an informal term for your father
    an informal use of the Latin word for father; sometimes used by British schoolboys or used facetiously
    para I, primipara
    (obstetrics) woman who has been delivered of a child for the first time
    a woman in childbirth or shortly thereafter
    (obstetrics) woman who has given birth to a viable infant in each of four pregnancies
    (obstetrics) woman who has given birth to a viable infant in each of five pregnancies
    the husband of your mother by a subsequent marriage
    the wife of your father by a subsequent marriage
    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
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    a natural father or mother
  2. noun
    an organism (plant or animal) from which younger ones are obtained
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    being, organism
    a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
  3. verb
    bring up
    synonyms: bring up, nurture, raise, rear
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    feed, care for, and rear young birds for flight
    bring up from infancy
    bring up under fosterage; of children




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