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"parent" in British English

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parentnoun [C]

uk   /ˈpeə.rənt/  us   /ˈper.ənt/
  • parent noun [C] (MOTHER/FATHER)

A1 a ​mother or ​father of a ​person or an ​animal: I'm going to ​meet Richard's parents for the first ​time this ​weekend.

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  • parent noun [C] (COMPANY)

(also parent company) a ​company that ​owns one or more other ​companies: The ​subsidiary has ​issuedshares that are ​guaranteed by ​its parent. The parent ​company is ​expected to ​spend $50 million in ​advertising this ​year.
(Definition of parent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"parent" in American English

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parentnoun [C]

 us   /ˈpeər·ənt, ˈpær-/
a ​person who gives ​birth to or ​raises a ​child: His parents ​live in New York. biology A parent is also any ​animal or ​plant that ​produces another.
parental
adjective [not gradable]  us   /pəˈren·təl/
parental ​guidance
parenthood
noun [U]  us   /ˈpeər·əntˌhʊd, ˈpær-/
Just ​barelynewlyweds, they now have to ​confront the ​harsh realities of parenthood.
(Definition of parent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"parent" in Business English

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parentnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈpeərənt/ FINANCE
→  parent company
(Definition of parent from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “parent”
in Korean 부모…
in Arabic أحَد الوالدين…
in Malaysian ibu atau bapa, ibu atau bapa angkat…
in French père (ou) mère, père adoptif (ou) mère adoptive…
in Russian родитель…
in Chinese (Traditional) 父親, 母親…
in Italian genitore…
in Turkish anne baba, ebeveynler…
in Polish rodzic…
in Spanish padre, madre…
in Vietnamese cha, mẹ, cha mẹ nuôi…
in Portuguese pai, mãe…
in Thai พ่อแม่, ผู้ปกครอง…
in German der Elternteil…
in Catalan mare, pare…
in Japanese 親…
in Chinese (Simplified) 父亲, 母亲…
in Indonesian orangtua…
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