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par·ent

 (pâr′ənt, păr′-)
n.
1.
a. A female person whose egg unites with a sperm or a male person whose sperm unites with an egg, resulting in the conception of a child or the birth of a child.
b. A female person who is pregnant with or gives birth to a child except when someone else has legal rights to the child.
c. A person who adopts a child.
d. A person who raises a child.
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
v.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.
v.intr.
To act as a parent.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin parēns, parent-, from past active participle of parere, to give birth; see perə- in Indo-European roots.]

par′ent·hood′ n.

Parents


the spiritual relationship between godparents, or between them and the actual parents of a child.
1. the f act or condition of being a son or daughter.
2. the relation of child to parent, especially father.
1. the killing of one’s mother.
2. a person who has killed his mother. — matricidal, adj.
1. the behavior of a parent.
2. the assumption by a nonparent of superior authority over a child; paternalism.
Archaic. the performance of funeral rituals for one’s parents.
the crime of parricide.
1. the act of killing one’s parent or other close relative.
2. a person who has killed his parent. — parricidal, adj.
1. the killing of one’s father.
2. a person who has killed his father. — patricidal, adj.
Translations
rodiče
forældre
gepatroj
vanhemmat
roditelji
szülők
両親
부모
föräldrar
พ่อแม่
bố mẹ

parents

وَالِدَينِ rodiče forældre Eltern γονείς padres vanhemmat parents roditelji genitori 両親 부모 ouders foreldre rodzice pais родители föräldrar พ่อแม่ ebeveynler bố mẹ 双亲
References in classic literature ?
THE joys of parents are secret; and so are their griefs and fears.
The parents were very devoted to the little creature, and nursed and tended it carefully.
My parents are this lord's vassals, lowly in origin, but so wealthy that if birth had conferred as much on them as fortune, they would have had nothing left to desire, nor should I have had reason to fear trouble like that in which I find myself now; for it may be that my ill fortune came of theirs in not having been nobly born.
In the next place, with respect to the succession of children, there ought not to be too great an interval of time between them and their parents; for when there is, the parent can receive no benefit from his child's affection, or the child any advantage from his father's protection;
Levin's appearance at the beginning of the winter, his frequent visits, and evident love for Kitty, had led to the first serious conversations between Kitty's parents as to her future, and to disputes between them.
When, on the one hand, we see domesticated animals and plants, though often weak and sickly, yet breeding quite freely under confinement; and when, on the other hand, we see individuals, though taken young from a state of nature, perfectly tamed, long-lived, and healthy (of which I could give numerous instances), yet having their reproductive system so seriously affected by unperceived causes as to fail in acting, we need not be surprised at this system, when it does act under confinement, acting not quite regularly, and producing offspring not perfectly like their parents or variable.
But when he came again to the parents of the young girl they simply laughed in his face, and bade him do his worst.
He by no means concurred with the opinion of those parents, who think it as immaterial to consult the inclinations of their children in the affair of marriage, as to solicit the good pleasure of their servants when they intend to take a journey; and who are by law, or decency at least, withheld often from using absolute force.
Their notions relating to the duties of parents and children differ extremely from ours.
Hilbery demanded, and Katharine was committed to giving her parents an account of her visit to the Suffrage office.
the pattern for all the beaux--the magnet for all the belles--and the delight of all the parents in town
At this moment of the morning Angel Clare was riding along a narrow lane ten miles distant from the breakfasters, in the direction of his father's Vicarage at Emminster, carrying, as well as he could, a little basket which contained some black-puddings and a bottle of mead, sent by Mrs Crick, with her kind respects, to his parents.

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