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.
- par·ent·less, adjective
- par·ent·like, adjective
- non·par·ent, noun
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How to use parent in a sentence
Those invitations went to all but two of the team’s cheerleaders – who happen to be the children of parents who expressed concerns with the practices in recent months.School Sports Became ‘Clubs’ Amid the Pandemic – Now Two Coaches Are Out | Ashly McGlone | September 17, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
I can’t know how my life would be different had my parents given me another name.
By focusing on teletherapy tools and reassuring parents, we’ve seen substantial growth and brand recognition during the pandemic.How to drive digital innovation necessary during the pandemic | Nick Chasinov | September 16, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
Bad parents, bad genes, bad society, bad luck, bad decisions — pick your poison.‘The Origins of You’ explores how kids develop into their adult selves | Bruce Bower | September 16, 2020 | Science News
That can mean children are banned from seeing their own parents or siblings.While We’re Rethinking Policing, It’s Time to End Gang Injunctions | Jamie Wilson | September 15, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
After four or five months of casual interaction, they realized they both had lost a young parent to cancer.
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To be a parent is to be able to offer truly unconditional love.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen | Parker Molloy | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Not even after its parent company, the Soviet Union, took a dive in 1991.
At least one parent would have to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.The Progressive Case Against Birthright Citizenship | Keli Goff | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
"I'm afraid I couldn't quite manage that, my dear boy," your fond parent would respond.
He paused; and hastily wrote a few lines, to say that parent still lived, and would yet proclaim himself with honour to the world.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
I betray my beloved parent's confidence, to save you from a certain and ignominious death.
In some states he becomes the heir of the adopted parent like a natural child, with some limitations.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
The fibre can be separated with great facility, though firmly attached at one end to the parent rock.Asbestos | Robert H. Jones
British Dictionary definitions for parent
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
a precursor, such as a nucleus or compound, of a derived entity
(as modifier): a parent nucleus; a parent ion
- parenthood, noun
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