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mothernoun

 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)







"mother" in British 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 [as form of address] Good morning, Mother.

motherverb [T]

uk   /ˈmʌð.ər/  us   /ˈmʌð.ɚ/ often disapproving
(Definition of mother from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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