Definition of “parent” - English Dictionary

“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.

More examples

  • One of the joys of being a parent is watching the child's character develop.
  • As a parent you try to create a stable home environment for your children to grow up in.
  • Children need lots of encouragement from their parents.
  • My parents were rather annoyed that I hadn't told them about the accident.
  • He finds it extremely difficult being a single parent.

(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.

adjective [ not gradable ] us /pəˈren·təl/

parental guidance
noun [ U ] us /ˈpeər·əntˌhʊd, ˈpær-/

Just barely newlyweds, 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 /ˈpeərənt/ us FINANCE

→  parent company

(Definition of “parent” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)