Meaning of parent

par•ent

Pronunciation: (pâr'unt, par'-), [key]
— n.
  1. a father or a mother.
  2. an ancestor, precursor, or progenitor.
  3. a source, origin, or cause.
  4. a protector or guardian.
  5. any organism that produces or generates another.
  6. the first nuclide in a radioactive series.
—adj.
  1. being the original source: a parent organization.
  2. pertaining to an organism, cell, or complex molecular structure that generates or produces another: parent cell; parent DNA.
—v.t.
  1. to be or act as parent of: to parent children with both love and discipline.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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