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mother

noun [C] uk   /ˈmʌð.ər/ us    //

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 [as form of address] Good morning, Mother.

mother noun [C] (SLANG)

offensive mainly US →  motherfucker

mother

verb [T] uk   /ˈmʌð.ər/ us    // often disapproving
to treat a person with great kindness and love and to try to protect them from anything dangerous or difficult: Stop mothering her - she's 40 years old and can take care of herself.
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