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English definition of “mother”

mother

noun  /ˈmʌð·ər/ us  

mother noun (PARENT)

[C] a female parent: My mother was 20 when I was born. Mother, where’s my red blouse?

mother noun (EXTREME THING)

[U] the largest or most extreme example of something: They got caught in a mother of a storm.

mother

verb [T]  /ˈmʌð·ər/ us  

mother verb [T] (PARENT)

to treat someone with kindness and affection and try to protect that person from danger or difficulty: Leave me alone – I don’t need to be mothered.
(Definition of mother from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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