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Meaning of PARENT

Pronunciation:  'pehrunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [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
  2. [v]  bring up; "raise a family"; "bring up children"

PARENT is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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

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

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

         Regular industry is the parent of sobriety.

{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}.

Computing Dictionary

(Or "mother", "precedessor") In a tree, a node which points to at least one daughter node.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: agent, ancestor, ancestorial, ancestral, ancestress, author, begetter, beginner, catalyst, causer, creator, effector, engenderer, father, fatherlike, fatherly, generator, grandfatherly, grandmotherly, grandparent, grandparental, guardian, inspirer, instigator, maker, mater, materfamilias, maternal, mother, motherlike, motherly, mover, origin, originator, parental, pater, paterfamilias, paternal, patriarchal, prime mover, primum mobile, procreator, producer, progenitor, progenitress, progenitrix, root, sire, source, stepfather, stepmother