[ pair-uhn-ting, par- ]
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  1. the rearing of children: The schedule allows her very little time for parenting.

  2. the methods, techniques, etc., used or required in the rearing of children: a course in parenting.

  1. the state of being a parent; parenthood.

  1. of or concerned with the rearing of children: good parenting skills.

Origin of parenting

First recorded in 1955–60; parent + -ing1

usage note For parenting

Parenting has come to be favored over parenthood, rearing, and bringing up in sociological and educational literature and in popular writing.

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How to use parenting in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for parenting


/ (ˈpɛərəntɪŋ) /

  1. the care and upbringing of a child

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