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[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"


bring up, nurture, raise, rear


child, kid

Misc. Definitions

\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.
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}.

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