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Definition of "parent" []

  • One who begets, gives birth to, or nurtures and raises a child; a father or mother. (noun)
  • An ancestor; a progenitor. (noun)
  • An organism that produces or generates offspring. (noun)
  • A guardian; a protector. (noun)
  • A parent company. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "parent" in a sentence
  • "Now, here is plainly an abundant opportunity for congenital variations; for it is seen that each individual does not come from germ material _identical with that from which either parent came, but from some of this material mixed with a similar amount from a different parent_."
  • "And I used the term parent in the loosest sense of the word."
  • "Women understand that the decision to become a parent is among the most personal and important that an individual ever makes in her life."