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parent

[ pair-uhnt, par- ]
/ ˈpɛər ənt, ˈpær- /
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noun
adjective
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.
verb (used with object)
to be or act as parent of: to parent children with both love and discipline.

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Origin of parent

1375–1425; late Middle English (<Middle French ) <Latin parent- (stem of parēns), noun use of present participle of parere to bring forth, breed

OTHER WORDS FROM parent

par·ent·less, adjectivepar·ent·like, adjectivenon·par·ent, noun
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How to use parent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for parent

parent
/ (ˈpɛərənt) /

noun
a father or mother
a person acting as a father or mother; guardian
rare an ancestor
a source or cause
  1. an organism or organization that has produced one or more organisms or organizations similar to itself
  2. (as modifier)a parent organism
physics chem
  1. a precursor, such as a nucleus or compound, of a derived entity
  2. (as modifier)a parent nucleus; a parent ion

Derived forms of parent

parenthood, noun

Word Origin for parent

C15: via Old French from Latin parens parent, from parere to bring forth
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