Meaning of “mother” in the English Dictionary

"mother" in English

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mothernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmʌð.ər/ us /ˈmʌð.ɚ/

mother noun [ C ] (PARENT)

A1 a female parent:

My mother was 21 when she got married.
All the mothers and fathers had been invited to the end-of-term concert.
The little kittens and their mother were all curled up asleep in the same basket.
[ as form of address ] formal or old-fashioned May I borrow your car, Mother?

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mother noun [ C ] (RELIGIOUS WOMAN)

also Mother the title of a woman who is in charge of, or who has a high rank within, a convent (= house of religious women):

Mother Theresa
a mother superior

motherverb [ T ]

uk /ˈmʌð.ər/ us /ˈmʌð.ɚ/ often disapproving

(Definition of “mother” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /ˈmʌð·ər/

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.

motherverb [ T ]

us /ˈmʌð·ər/

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)