- the rearing of children: The schedule allows her very little time for parenting.
- the methods, techniques, etc., used or required in the rearing of children: a course in parenting.
- the state of being a parent; parenthood.
- of or concerned with the rearing of children: good parenting skills.
Origin of parenting
- a father or a mother.
- an ancestor, precursor, or progenitor.
- a source, origin, or cause.
- a protector or guardian.
- Biology. any organism that produces or generates another.
- Physics. the first nuclide in a radioactive series.
- being the original source: a parent organization.
- Biology. pertaining to an organism, cell, or complex molecular structure that generates or produces another: parent cell; parent DNA.
- to be or act as parent of: to parent children with both love and discipline.
Origin of parent
Examples from the Web for parenting
Kent herself has said the movie is about parenting, the unsayable extremes of what mothers can feel.Grief: The Real Monster in The Babadook
December 19, 2014
Parenting a kid that can get from place to place under his own steam is a whole new ballgame.Kids Eat the Darndest Things: Laundry Pods, Teething Necklaces, and More Of The Weirdest Stuff Sending Kids to the E.R.
November 14, 2014
But does the ability to quantify our babies take away from the natural process of parenting?Are We Turning Our Babies Into Real Life Tamagotchis?
August 7, 2014
The point at which autonomy should be handed over to the child is less clear when parenting children with cognitive disabilities.Is It Wrong for Parents to Lock Up Their Disabled Kids?
August 4, 2014
Her book about parenting, It Takes a Village, would be seen as advocating the end of parental rights.Everyone Sees the Hillary They Want to See
June 17, 2014
- the care and upbringing of a child
- a father or mother
- a person acting as a father or mother; guardian
- rare an ancestor
- a source or cause
- an organism or organization that has produced one or more organisms or organizations similar to itself
- (as modifier)a parent organism
- physics chem
- a precursor, such as a nucleus or compound, of a derived entity
- (as modifier)a parent nucleus; a parent ion
Word Origin and History for parenting
early 15c. (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French parent "father, parent, relative, kin" (11c.), from Latin parentem (nominative parens) "father or mother, ancestor," noun use of present participle of parere "bring forth, give birth to, produce," from PIE root *pere- "to bring forth" (see pare). Began to replace native elder after c.1500.
- One who begets, gives birth to, or nurtures and raises a child; a father or mother.
- An ancestor; a progenitor.
- An organism that produces or generates offspring.
- To act as a parent to; to rear and nurture.
- To cause to come into existence; to serve as a source for; originate.