Definitions for: Parent


[n] a father or mother; one who begets or one who gives birth to or nurtures and raises a child; a relative who plays the role of guardian
[v] bring up; "raise a family"; "bring up children"



Webster (1913) Definition: Par"ent, n. [L. parens, -entis; akin to parere to bring
forth; cf. Gr. ? to give, beget: cf. F. parent. Cf. Part.]
1. One who begets, or brings forth, offspring; a father or a
mother.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord. --Eph. vi.
1.

2. That which produces; cause; source; author; begetter; as,
idleness is the parent of vice.

Regular industry is the parent of sobriety.
--Channing.

Parent cell. (Biol.) See Mother cell, under Mother,
also Cytula.

Parent nucleus (Biol.), a nucleus which, in cell division,
divides, and gives rise to two or more daughter nuclei.
See Karyokinesis, and Cell division, under Division.

Synonyms: bring up, nurture, raise, rear

Antonyms: child, kid

See Also: adopter, adoptive parent, begetter, cradle, family, family unit, father, female parent, fledge, foster, genitor, grow up, male parent, mother, stepparent

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