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English definition of “parent”

parent

noun [C] (COMPANY)    /ˈpeə.rənt/ US  /ˈper.ənt/ (also parent company)
a company that owns one or more other companies: The subsidiary has issued shares that are guaranteed by its parent. The parent company is expected to spend $50 million in advertising this year.Mergers and takeovers
(Definition of parent noun (COMPANY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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