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Usage statistics for the noun parent:

spoken English39.88%written English60.12% conversational speech27.17%task-oriented speech72.83% imaginative writing36.94%informational writing63.06%
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Parent is sometimes a misspelling of apparent or parents.

The word parent is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun parent

What does parent mean as a name of something?

Parent is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: parents

  1. 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
  2. an organism (plant or animal) from which younger ones are obtained
    • lexical domain: Tops - unique beginner for nouns
    • more generic words: being / organism = a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently

Alternative definition of the noun parent


  1. One of the two persons from whom one is immediately biologically descended; a mother or father.
  2. A person who acts as a parent in rearing a child. (adoptive parent, foster parent)
  3. [biology] An organism from which a plant or animal is immediately biologically descended.
  4. The source or origin of something.
  5. A group from which another group is formed, or which completely controls a subordinate group. (parent company)
  6. [context: computing, object oriented computer programming] The object from which a child or derived object is descended.

Definition of the verb parent

What does parent mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: parented | parenting | parents

  1. look after a child until it is an adult

Alternative definition of the verb parent


  1. To act as parent, to raise or rear.


  1. Parent is a fictional character from the 1991 film Problem Child 2.
  2. Parent is a fictional character from the 2011 film Just Go With It.
  3. Parent is a fictional character from the 2012 film Celeste and Jesse Forever.
  4. Parent is a fictional character from the 2007 film The Jane Austen Book Club.
  5. Parent is a fictional character from the 2007 film Into the Wild.

There are other characters with in their name, like Foster parent and Foster-Parent.


  1. Parent: One of the parent organism classifications of this hybrid. (E.g. for a mule, the parents are "horse" and "donkey".
  2. Parent: Use the Iconclass code without spaces.
  3. The parent company or companies which own and operate the service.

Phrases with Parent

Phrases starting with the word Parent:

  1. Parent-in-law
  2. Parent company
  3. Parent Nuclide
  4. parent compound

Phrases ending with the word Parent:

  1. Co-Parent
  2. to parent
  3. male parent
  4. Sugar Parent
  5. Three-Parent
  6. female parent
  7. foster parent
  8. foster-parent
  9. Pollen Parent
  10. Single parent
  11. adoptive parent
  12. Surrogate Parent
  13. Biological Parent
  14. Helicopter parent
  15. Noncustodial parent

Other phrase containing the word Parent:

  1. Single-Parent Family

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Parent

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Google previewParenting 2.0 (2014)

Empowering Moms & Dads in Raising Resilient Children in Digital Age by Ko Teik Yen

Besides, many quotes available from the internet about the meaning of parenting: Being a parent means putting your selfish wants behind you and sacrificing everything you love for your child! Sometimes being a parent means shutting off ...

Google previewReport of the ... Meeting of the National Conference of Unitarian and Other Christian Churches (1902)

The parent is a trustee. That is...

Google previewOfficial Report of the Proceedings of the ... Meeting of the National Conference of Unitarian and Other Christian Churches ... (1903)

The parent is a trustee. That is...

Google previewConducting Scientifically Crafted Child Custody Evaluations (1998)

by Jonathan W. Gould

For the mental health professional, the evaluation question becomes, "Which parent is a better match for having primary...

Google previewDictionary of Psychopathology (2012)

by Henry Kellerman

It involves the triangular relationship that develops between the child and the same-sex and opposite-sex parent. Freud took the name from a Greek myth elaborated in Sophocles' drama in which a royal couple's son, Oedipus, is prophesied at ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of School Psychology (2005)

by Steven W. Lee

A parent-teacher conference is an interactive meeting between a parent and a teacher where the primary focus is on the child's academic, behavioral, emotional , psychological, or social functioning. Parents and teachers need to collaborate ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Adolescence (2014)

by Roger J.R. Levesque

emphasized the renegotiation of child- parent roles and expectations as one of the most notable characteristics of adolescence, which also transforms the role of language in family relationships. Rarely ...

Google previewThe Sterling Dictionary Of Economics (1996)

by Dipavali Debroy

There may be a parent company A in London, with a subsidiary company X in New York . There may also be a parent company Y in New York, with a subsidiary company ...

Google previewPhiladelphia Flyers Encyclopedia (2003)

by David Sherman

Ed Van Impe, Bernie Parent Second Row (L to R): Bud Poile ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion (2003)

by Thomas P. Gullotta, Martin Bloom

Because the majority of studies tend to group these together, however, it is impossible to distinguish between single-parent households and single-parent families for the purpose of the present entry. Thus, we will use the term single- parent ...

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Usage statistics about parent

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun parent:

spoken English39.88%written English60.12% conversational speech27.17%task-oriented speech72.83% imaginative writing36.94%informational writing63.06%

Comparison of usage frequency between the noun parent and its most common antonym:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb parent:


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View more videos about Foster parent, Single parent, Parent company, Surrogate Parent, Helicopter parent, and Noncustodial parent.

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Sign language

Parent interviews about baby sign language on North Carolina CH 2

Quotes about Parent

The greatest gift a parent can give a child is unconditional love. As a child wanders and strays, finding his bearings, he needs a sense of absolute love from a parent. There's nothing wrong with tough love, as long as the love is unconditional. (George Bush)
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Scrabble value of P3A1R1E1N1T1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of PARENT

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