parent Definition

  • 1a mother or father of a person or an animal
  • 2a person who is responsible for the care and upbringing of a child

Using parent: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "parent" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    My parents are coming to visit this weekend.

  • Example

    She is a single parent raising two children.

  • Example

    The school encourages parents to be involved in their children's education.

  • Example

    The baby bird was abandoned by its parents.

parent Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for parent

Antonyms for parent

Idioms Using parent

  • like parent, like child

    children often behave in ways that are similar to their parents


    He has a talent for music, just like his father. Like parent, like child.

  • children often have similar characteristics or qualities to their parents


    Her daughter is also very artistic. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

  • to take care of and raise a child


    It takes a lot of patience and dedication to parent a child.

Phrases with parent

  • a person who legally adopts a child and becomes their parent


    They became adoptive parents to three siblings.

  • a biological parent of a child who has been adopted by someone else


    She decided to search for her birth parents after turning 18.

  • a parent who is overly involved in their child's life and tends to hover over them, often with excessive concern or intervention


    Her helicopter parenting style made it difficult for her child to become independent.

Origins of parent

from Old French 'parent', from Latin 'parens', meaning 'father or mother'


Summary: parent in Brief

A 'parent' [ˈpɛrənt] is a mother or father of a person or an animal, or a person who is responsible for the care and upbringing of a child. It can refer to biological or adoptive relationships, as well as styles of parenting such as 'helicopter parenting.' Idioms like 'like parent, like child' and 'the apple doesn't fall far from the tree' suggest that children often resemble their parents in various ways.

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