|1.||a father or mother|
|2.||a person acting as a father or mother; guardian|
|3.||rare an ancestor|
|4.||a source or cause|
|5.||a. an organism or organization that has produced one or more organisms or organizations similar to itself|
|b. (as modifier): a parent organism|
|a. a precursor, such as a nucleus or compound, of a derived entity|
|b. (as modifier): a parent nucleus; a parent ion|
|[C15: via Old French from Latin parens parent, from parere to bring forth]|
parent par·ent (pâr'ənt, pār'-)
One who begets, gives birth to, or nurtures and raises a child; a father or a mother.
An ancestor; a progenitor.
An organism that produces or generates offspring.
To act as a parent to; to rear and nurture.
To cause to come into existence; to serve as a source for; originate.