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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a parents' evening (=an event at a school, at which parents meet and talk to their children's teachers)
▪ It was parents' evening at her son's school.
a proud mother/father/parent
▪ Mark is the proud father of a three-week-old baby boy.
absent parent/father
▪ plans to force absent fathers to pay child maintenance
birth parent
helicopter parents
loving wife/family/parents etc
▪ the confidence he had gained from having a warm and loving family
One Parent Families/Gingerbread
parent company
prospective parents (=people who may have a child in the future. Also used to mean people who may send their child to a particular school.)
▪ Adoption is more complicated than many prospective parents believe.
▪ Prospective parents are welcome to visit the school at any time.
single parent
speak as a parent/teacher etc
▪ Speaking as a medical man, I'd advise you to take some exercise every day.
the parent company (=the one that owns or controls a smaller one)
▪ Judith Mellor's elderly parents have already attracted the Minister's fury -by publicly criticising him over the Antonia de Sancha affair.
▪ People are becoming increasingly faced with having some responsibility for the care of their elderly parents or relatives.
▪ He blamed his shyness and gauche manner on his upbringing, as the only child of elderly parents.
▪ One main challenge during the midlife years may be taking care of elderly parents.
▪ Ianthe was the only child of elderly parents, who seemed to be a whole generation removed from those of her contemporaries.
▪ Anytime / anyplace work can be ideal for those needing to care for children or elderly parents.
▪ He was accompanied by 18 members of his family, including his wife Kulsoom, his three children and his elderly parents.
▪ How can you help your elderly parent reduce the risks?
▪ On that occasion, they returned to Berkeley with a coachload of other would-be foster parents empty-handed.
▪ With support and training, his foster parents can learn to work with him successfully.
▪ He felt an enormous sense of gratification mixed with affection for his two foster parents.
▪ The survey also found that a quarter of foster parents had received no written information on the Act.
▪ By then, the girl had been put into the temporary care of foster parents by Wirral Council.
▪ The eight-month-old baby is recovering with Middlesbrough foster parents following the operation to remove water from the brain.
▪ His foster parents say they're giving him a break from events back home.
▪ It was the loveliest day imaginable now that she knew the name of Angel's foster parents.
▪ More than half of lone parents with two or more children had incomes below their absolute poverty level at £227 a week.
▪ Consumer durables Lone parent families are less likely than two parent families to have household consumer durables.
▪ Thirdly, we must consider further ways to assist lone parents.
▪ Two thirds of lone parent families depend mainly on social security benefits, compared with one in eight two parent families.
▪ The majority of lone parents become so as the result of separation, divorce or death.
▪ The most vulnerable were full-time students over 19; students from lower social classes; lone parents and couples with children.
▪ Under the supplementary benefit system, single parents could earn additional income and only part of this was offset against their benefit.
▪ Historically, the single parent has been the norm in no society, but patriarchal linear life is now economically over.
▪ She was a single parent and had a nine-year-old son, Darren, who was in a home for mentally handicapped children.
▪ It was simple this way, to be the single parent of an only child.
▪ Examiner contributor Elva Yanez is a single parent living in Albany.
▪ And benefit changes make it easier for more families - including single parents - to combine work and family responsibilities.
▪ A single parent with two or three children in California would lose $ 1 in income.
▪ For adopted children that quest may include tracing their natural or birth parents.
▪ Adopted children and birth parents are registering at Web archives with hopes of making matches.
▪ After that they are free to carry out the search for their birth parents.
▪ Allowing birth parents to express their emotions can be an important part of confronting their grief.
▪ None of the children wanted to go and live with their birth parents, but simply to keep contact.
▪ Attempts at reuniting them with their birth parents will have failed.
▪ Tracing birth parents Having obtained their original birth certificate, adoptees can start tracing their birth parents.
▪ Less dramatic were changes in company ownership following changes in a parent company.
▪ It is a complicated saga which is still unravelling, with the former parent company, Alan Paul, now in liquidation.
▪ Often subsidiaries are required to guarantee or give charges in support of borrowings by the parent company or other companies in the group.
▪ Beauty features highlight another problem which can arise if the parent company is based abroad.
▪ Newhouse is the owner of Knopf's parent company.
▪ Today, after 150 years in business, Smith &038; Wesson is up for sale by its parent company.
▪ Health and infant mortality 7 Children under five How many live with both parents or in a one parent family?
▪ Priority for assistance will be given to senior citizens, disabled and single parent families.
▪ Consumer durables Lone parent families are less likely than two parent families to have household consumer durables.
▪ In common with families in general, one parent families have been getting smaller.
▪ Only about 2 % nationally of single parent families are thought to be headed by the father.
▪ Table Number of lone parents by type Percentage changes in the numbers of one parent families, 1976-1986, Great Britain.
▪ This compared with 10 percent of two parent families with dependent children.
▪ Such characteristics inevitably help to shape parent reactions, which in turn affect the child's adjustment.
▪ We view skin-to-skin care as a major advance in helping parents develop a closer tie to their infant.
▪ Education secretary John Patten says the tables will help parents choose the best schools.
▪ We also believe that certain settings and certain kinds of support can help parents form these bonds and nurture their children successfully.
▪ Returning home from one such expedition, I couldn't help remembering how my parents entertained their circle in Hull.
▪ Black militants came to Ocean Hill-Brownsville from around the city to help mobilize parents and press the racial agenda.
▪ It is possible to help parents draw up two lists.
▪ The narratives help parents become conscious of the negative and positive traditions passed down through the generations.
▪ Having to choose between living with their parents or getting married, most young women used to opt for marriage.
▪ Scott spent his early childhood living with his parents in a one-room shack in a rural area outside of Tacoma.
▪ Life at home was good, I had become used to living with my parents, and gradually I integrated at school.
▪ The 21 % of dependent children living in lone-parent households has trebled from the 7 % in 1972.
▪ Her father had died long before, leaving behind a childless aunt who had lived with her parents.
▪ Until then, he had lived with his parents at their home in Princes Risborough.
▪ We will teach it to love as we its parents purely everlasting.
▪ Their search in no way means that they are dissatisfied with their adopted home or love their adopted parents any the less.
▪ Be assured, if that child loved his parents at all, that an engram exists here.
▪ McCarthy was a lucky child, privileged and loved by beautiful parents.
▪ Any loving parent can raise a boy or girl.
▪ How could I commit such an offence when I really do love my parents so much?
▪ My loving parents are determining my future, with only my best interests at heart.
▪ Home-school contracts will tell parents exactly what the school undertakes to deliver and what their responsibilities are.
▪ She told me she is going to tell my parents that I was there, too.
▪ What tales would Anna have told her parents about her?
▪ Totally distraught, Amy told her parents.
▪ He didn't tell Anthony that his parents had paid for his travels.
▪ His parents told my parents, who are divorced.
▪ What could I tell the parents about the national curriculum?
▪ No one tells parents what really to expect in the first parenting months, but it is wild exhilaration and exhaustion.
biological parent/father/mother etc
▪ Adopted children and their biological parents may suffer stress long after the adoption. 4.
▪ It's now estimated that by 2010, children in stepfamilies will actually outnumber those living with two biological parents.
▪ Most of the debate was really about an alleged universality of the nuclear family of married biological parents and their legitimate children.
▪ My biological father is diagnosed as paranoid / schizophrenic.
▪ Or now, when they swear their biological father forced them to make the whole story up?
▪ Steven Lowe, Liverpool Who would be the biological parents of a human clone, and what legal ramifications would this have?
▪ The hearing would decide whether the state should terminate the rights of the biological parents and put the child up for adoption.
▪ The two candidates for the role of biological father were both Black Panthers.
foster mother/father/parents
▪ By then, the girl had been put into the temporary care of foster parents by Wirral Council.
▪ His foster parents say they're giving him a break from events back home.
▪ News of the deal caused outrage in Britain, and Flintshire social services placed the girls with foster parents.
▪ On that occasion, they returned to Berkeley with a coachload of other would-be foster parents empty-handed.
▪ Richard had been passed from one set of foster parents to another until he was ten.
▪ The children went into voluntary care in June 1991 and were placed together with foster parents.
▪ The girl, who was with foster parents, wanted her family re-united.
▪ The sisters were separated, Lore working as a maid and the others going to foster parents.
lone mother/father/parent etc
▪ More than half of lone parents with two or more children had incomes below their absolute poverty level at £227 a week.
▪ One Parent Benefit is paid to 75% of lone parents.
▪ Sheila is a lone parent with two children, aged 13 and 15.
▪ Two thirds of lone parent families depend mainly on social security benefits, compared with one in eight two parent families.
▪ We can treat lone parents as poor people, needing means-tested social assistance of some sort - as we do now.
noncustodial parent/father/mother
▪ I'd like you to meet my parents sometime.
▪ The airline's parent, AMR Corp., lost $115 million in the first nine months.
▪ All these children are mutant children of the same parent, differing from their parent with respect to one gene each.
▪ Margaret shows the 13 parents how to make things and they show their children.
▪ Once, after he had been absent a fortnight, the principal tackled his parents.
▪ Panic-stricken parents, their faces twisted in fear, ran to the school and frantically searched for their sons or daughters.
▪ Some parents will terminate contact with the therapist because they do not understand why certain questions are being asked.
▪ To me, it was normal to have parents who worked and were devoted to their children.
▪ Yet parents above all need those congenial working conditions if they are to parent well.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

parent \par"ent\ (p[^a]r"ent or p[=a]r"ent; 277), n. [L. parens, -entis; akin to parere to bring forth; cf. Gr. porei^n to give, beget: cf. F. parent. Cf. Part.]

  1. One who begets, or brings forth, offspring; a father or a mother.

    Children, obey your parents in the Lord.
    --Eph. vi. 1.

  2. That which produces; cause; source; author; begetter; as, idleness is the parent of vice.

    Regular industry is the parent of sobriety.

    Parent cell. (Biol.) See Mother cell, under Mother, also Cytula.

    Parent nucleus (Biol.), a nucleus which, in cell division, divides, and gives rise to two or more daughter nuclei. See Karyokinesis, and Cell division, under Division.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c. (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French parent "father, parent, relative, kin" (11c.), from Latin parentem (nominative parens) "father or mother, ancestor," noun use of present participle of parere "bring forth, give birth to, produce," from PIE root *pere- (1) "to bring forth" (see pare). Began to replace native elder after c.1500.


1660s, from parent (n.). Related: Parented; parenting.


n. 1 One of the two persons from whom one is immediately biologically descended; a mother or father. (from 15th c.) 2 A surrogate mother 3 A third person who has provided DNA samples in a IVF procedure in order to alter faulty genetic material 4 A person who acts as a parent in rearing a child; a stepparent or adoptive parent. vb. To act as parent, to raise or rear.

  1. n. a father or mother; one who begets or one who gives birth to or nurtures and raises a child; a relative who plays the role of guardian [ant: child]

  2. v. bring up; "raise a family"; "bring up children" [syn: rear, raise, bring up, nurture]


A parent is a caregiver of the offspring in their own species. In humans, a parent is the caretaker of a child (where "child" refers to offspring, not necessarily age). A biological parent consists of a person whose gamete resulted in a child, a male through the sperm, and a female through the ovum. Parents are first-degree relatives and have 50% genetic meet. A female can also become a parent through surrogacy. Some parents may be adoptive parents, who nurture and raise an offspring, but are not actually biologically related to the child. Orphans without adoptive parents can be raised by their grandparents or other family members.

A parent can also be elaborated as an ancestor removed one generation. With recent medical advances, it is possible to have more than two biological parents. Examples of third biological parents include instances involving surrogacy or a third person who has provided DNA samples during an assisted reproductive procedure that has altered the recipients genetic material.

The most common types of parents are mothers, fathers, and grandparents. A mother is "a woman in relation to a child or children to whom she has given birth." The extent to which it is socially acceptable for a parent to be involved in their offspring's life varies from culture to culture, however one that exhibits too little involvement is sometimes said to exhibit child neglect, while one that is too involved is sometimes said to be overprotective, cosseting, nosey, or intrusive.

Parent (disambiguation)

A parent is a caretaker of offspring in their own species, such as a mother or father.

Parent or parents may also refer to:

Parent (surname)

Parent is a surname, and may refer to:

  • Alphonse-Marie Parent
  • Antoine Parent
  • Bernie Parent
  • Bob Parent (photographer) (1923–1987), Canadian-born photographer
  • Bob Parent (ice hockey) (born 1958), retired ice hockey player
  • Clark Parent
  • Claude parent, French architect
  • Dan Parent
  • Elaine Parent
  • Étienne Parent
  • Gail Parent, American television screenwriter, television producer, and author
  • Gilbert Parent
  • Jacques Parent (fencer), French Olympic fencer
  • Jacques Parent (politician), Canadian politician
  • Maury Parent
  • Kevin Parent
  • Marc Parent
  • Mark Parent
  • Mark Parent (baseball player) (born 1961), American Major League Baseball player
  • Mary Parent
  • Maury Parent (died 2004), American radio personality
  • Mimi Parent
  • Ryan Parent
  • Simon-Napoléon Parent
  • Steven Parent

Usage examples of "parent".

Then suppose the parents decide they do not want a child who would suffer from those characteristics and abort on this basis?

The child, no matter how abused, still wanted to love and admire her parents, and particularly her father.

In adolescence the feelings of the Child replay in greatly amplified form as the hormones turn on and as the adolescent turns away from his parents as the principal source of stroking to his own age group for stroking of a new kind.

Parents who are sensitive to this unstated plea and who, through acts of love, concern, restraint, and respect, demonstrate repeatedly It Is You We Care About will find the years of adolescence can produce rewards and surprises far beyond their expectations.

It had been almost a year since he had discovered her identity with the help of an Internet search group dedicated to reuniting adoptees with their biological parents.

She did highly confidential work helping adoptees locate their birth parents, and Erin had vouched for her.

Usually it was the adoptees who came to her for help in finding their birth parents.

I soaked it up like a sponge, listening eagerly to the advice of adoptive parents, their grown children, clinical psychologists, advocates, social workers, and adoption resource professionals.

Once a religion is established in a nation the Lord leads that nation according to the precepts and tenets of its own religion, and He has provided that there should be precepts in every religion like those in the Decalog, that God should be worshiped, His name not be profaned, a holy day be observed, that parents be honored, murder, adultery and theft not be committed, and false witness not be spoken.

When he was eleven years of age, both his parents were killed in a climbing accident in the Aiguilles Rouges above Chamonix, and the youth came under the guardianship of an aunt, since deceased, Miss Charmian Bond, and went to live with her at the quaintly-named hamlet of Pett Bottom near Canterbury in Kent.

As Alake had said, my parents would never permit the serpents to take me.

The Report has no scientific basis whatever and has been riddled with criticism by expert students of every kind, including not merely students of alcoholism but also Professor Alfred Marshall of Cambridge, the greatest English-speaking economist of the time, who has shown that there are no grounds for the assumptions made by Professor Pearson in that part of his argument which is based upon the economic efficiency of drinking and non-drinking parents.

When Alem was growing up, his parents were always fighting and his mother would go off and stay with her family and it would be just Alem and his brother and sister and their father.

His parents took him to a hospital and they performed a CAT scan and an MRI scan and a PET scan and digital subtraction angiography and they found nothing wrong.

The parents say that the boy came in, stayed about a quarter of an hour, and then took his aqualung thing and went out saying he wanted to show it to someone.