- 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 parented
Anyone who has parented a teenager--or been one--can probably describe the dynamic that ensues.Will Iran Be the Next Hyperinflation?
April 1, 2013
The della Scalas, supreme lords of Verona for many generations, were every man jack of them so parented.The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne
William J. Locke
- 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 parented
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.