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 (pâr′ənt, păr′-)
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
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 parēns, parent-, from past active participle of parere, to give birth; see perə- in Indo-European roots.]

par′ent·hood′ n.
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  1. A childless person is like dead —Talmud
  2. The honor due to parents is like the honor due to God —The Holy Bible/Exodus
  3. Children, grown up, now, and moved away … though they had once occupied her like a house, possessing her to the fingertips —Helen Hudson
  4. The ideal mother, like the ideal marriage, is a fiction —Milton R. Sapirstein
  5. (Maybe I’ve got this secret kid. Chances are I have, ‘cause) I probably got a sperm count like the national deficit —Jane Wagner
  6. Love them [daughters] as sheep are loved by the shepherd —Phyllis McGinley
  7. Marriage without children … like a garden without fruit —Phyllis Bottome

    Compare this with the German proverb below, beginning with Wedlock.


  8. Mother’s virtues … like a graft of a late fruit on an early apple or pear tree, do not ripen in her children until very late in the season —Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
  9. A mother-in-law and a daughter-in-law in one house are like two cats in a bag —Yiddish proverb
  10. A mother-in-law is like the dry rot; far easier to get into a house than to get out again —Punch
  11. Not to bear children … was like a hen that did not lay eggs or a cow that was sterile or a tree that never came into blossom. —H. E. Bates
  12. Raising a child is like reading a very long mystery story; you have to wait for a generation to see how it turns out —Anon
  13. Realised [after giving birth] the responsibility of launching the little creature labelled by name not of its own choosing, like launching a battleship, only instead of turrets and decks and guns she had to do with the miraculous tissue of flesh and brain —Vita Sackville-West
  14. Sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child —William Shakespeare

    This is King Lear’s famous lament.


  15. The umbilical cord stretches like a nine-hundred-and-some-mile leash —Peter De Vries
  16. Wedlock without children [is like] a world without sun —German proverb
  17. A woman … her heart is like an empty nest, if she has not a child —Henry Van Dyke
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.parenthood - the state of being a parentparenthood - the state of being a parent; "to everyone's surprise, parenthood reformed the man"
adulthood - the state (and responsibilities) of a person who has attained maturity
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noun fatherhood or motherhood, parenting, rearing, bringing up, nurturing, upbringing, child rearing, baby or child care, fathering or mothering She may not feel ready for the responsibilities of parenthood.
"Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories" [John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester]
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أبُوَّه، والِدِيَّه
szülõi szerep


[ˈpɛərənthʊd] Npaternidad f
planned parenthoodplanificación f familiar, paternidad f responsable
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[ˈpɛərənthʊd] nparentalité f
young people facing the new responsibility of parenthood → les jeunes face aux responsabilités de la parentalité
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nElternschaft f; the joys of parenthooddie Vater-/Mutterfreuden pl; the idea of parenthood frightened hersie schrak zurück vor dem Gedanken, Mutter zu sein
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[ˈpɛərnthʊd] npaternità (or maternità)
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(ˈpeərənt) noun
1. one of the two persons etc (one male and one female) who are jointly the cause of one's birth.
2. a person with the legal position of a mother or father eg by adoption.
ˈparentage (-tidʒ) noun
family or ancestry. a man of unknown parentage.
parental (pəˈrentl) adjective
parental responsibility.
ˈparenthood noun
the state of being a parent.
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n. paternidad o maternidad.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


n paternidad f, maternidad f, (el) tener hijos
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