parent company

a corporation or other business enterprise that owns controlling interests in one or more subsidiary companies (distinguished from holding company ).

1865–70 Unabridged
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parent company
a company that owns more than half the shares of another company

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Example sentences
Requiring that foreign tax credits from dividends paid to a parent company be determined on a pooling basis, not individually.
That, along with losses in other investment portfolios, has cut deeply into the parent company's capital reserves.
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