1. 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. an organism (plant or animal) from which younger ones are obtained;
1. bring up;
- Example: "raise a family"
- Example: "bring up children"
[syn: rear, raise, bring up, nurture, parent]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
parent \par"ent\ (p[^a]r"ent or p[=a]r"ent; 277), n. [L. parens, -entis; akin to parere to bring forth; cf. Gr. porei^n to give, beget: cf. F. parent. Cf. Part.] 1. One who begets, or brings forth, offspring; a father or a mother. [1913 Webster] Children, obey your parents in the Lord. --Eph. vi. 1. [1913 Webster] 2. That which produces; cause; source; author; begetter; as, idleness is the parent of vice. [1913 Webster] Regular industry is the parent of sobriety. --Channing. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
parent n 1: 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 [ant: child, kid] 2: an organism (plant or animal) from which younger ones are obtained v 1: bring up; "raise a family"; "bring up children" [syn: rear, raise, bring up, nurture, parent]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
51 Moby Thesaurus words for "parent": 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, stepmotherThe Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (26 July 2010):
parent mother predecessor
The ancestor node in a tree that points to the current node (one of its child nodes). (2005-09-15)