1. One who begets, gives birth to, or nurtures and raises a child; a father or mother.
2. An ancestor; a progenitor.
3. An organism that produces or generates offspring.
4. A guardian; a protector.
5. A parent company.
6. A source or cause; an origin: Despair is the parent of rebellion.
v. par·ent·ed, par·ent·ing, par·ents
1. To act as a parent to; raise and nurture: "A genitor who does not parent the child is not its parent" Ashley Montagu.
2. To cause to come into existence; originate.
To act as a parent.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin parns, parent-, from past active participle of parere, to give birth; see per-1 in Indo-European roots.]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2003. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
1. a father or mother
2. a person acting as a father or mother; guardian
3. a plant or animal that has produced one or more plants or animals [Latin parens, from parere to bring forth]
parental adjparenthood n
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
family unit, family - primary social group; parents and children; "he wanted to have a good job before starting a family"
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); "his father was born in Atlanta"
filicide - a parent who murders his own son or daughter
genitor - a natural father or mother
female parent, mother - a woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother); "the mother of three children"
stepparent - the spouse of your parent by a subsequent marriage
child, kid - a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age; "they had three children"; "they were able to send their kids to college"
parent - an organism (plant or animal) from which younger ones are obtained
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
parent - bring up; "raise a family"; "bring up children"
bring up, nurture, rear, raise
fledge - feed, care for, and rear young birds for flight
cradle - bring up from infancy
foster - bring up under fosterage; of children
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Monday, May 12, 2008