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par·ent  (pârnt, pr-)
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.
v. par·ent·ed, par·ent·ing, par·ents
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.
To act as a parent.

[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.]

parent·hood n.

parent  /prnt, pr/  n. the mother or father of s.o.: His parents raised him in New Hampshire. -n. [U] parenthood.
v. [T] to act as a parent by raising children: That couple parented four kids through college. See: parenting. parent

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