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par·ent  audio  (pârnt, pr-) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. One who begets, gives birth to, or nurtures and raises a child; a father or mother.
  2. An ancestor; a progenitor.
  3. An organism that produces or generates offspring.
  4. A guardian; a protector.
  5. A parent company.
  6. A source or cause; an origin: Despair is the parent of rebellion.
VERB:
par·ent·ed, par·ent·ing, par·ents
VERB:
tr.
  1. To act as a parent to; raise and nurture: "A genitor who does not parent the child is not its parent" (Ashley Montagu).
  2. To cause to come into existence; originate.
VERB:
intr.
To act as a parent.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin parns, parent- from past active participle of parere, to give birth; see per-1 in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
parent·hood(Noun)


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