Need another word that means the same as “parent”? Find 21 synonyms and 30 related words for “parent” in this overview.
The synonyms of “Parent” are: mother, father, ancestor, forefather, forebear, source, origin, genesis, originator, root, fountain, cause, author, architect, bring up, nurture, raise, rear, be the parent of, look after, take care of
Parent as a Noun
Definitions of "Parent" as a noun
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “parent” as a noun can have the following definitions:
- A person's father or mother.
- An organism (plant or animal) from which younger ones are obtained.
- An animal or plant from which new ones are derived.
- A forefather or ancestor.
- An organization or company which owns or controls a number of subsidiaries.
- A source or origin of a smaller or less important part.
- 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.
Synonyms of "Parent" as a noun (14 Words)
|ancestor||Someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent.|
Both species of elephant have a common ancestor.
|architect||A person who is responsible for inventing or realizing a particular idea or project.|
The architects of the reform programme.
|author||The writings produced by a particular author.|
He is the author of several books on the subject.
|cause||A person or thing that gives rise to an action, phenomenon, or condition.|
Class size is a cause for complaint in some schools.
|father||A male parent also used as a term of address to your father.|
Keep the faith of our forefathers.
Generations of his forebears had lived in London.
|forefather||A member of the past generations of one’s family or people; an ancestor.|
The duchy which her forefathers had ruled since the tenth century.
|fountain||An ornamental structure in a pool or lake from which one or more jets of water are pumped into the air.|
The government always quote this report as the fountain of truth.
|genesis||The first book of the Old Testament: tells of Creation; Adam and Eve; the Fall of Man; Cain and Abel; Noah and the flood; God’s covenant with Abraham; Abraham and Isaac; Jacob and Esau; Joseph and his brothers.|
This tale had its genesis in fireside stories.
|mother||A woman who has given birth to a child also used as a term of address to your mother.|
The initiatives were based on the experience of the mother company.
|origin||A person’s social background or ancestry.|
|originator||A person who creates or initiates something.|
Wegener was the originator of the theory of continental drift.
|root||Any plant grown for its root.|
|source||Someone who originates or causes or initiates something.|
Major sources and sinks exist for atmospheric oxygen.
Usage Examples of "Parent" as a noun
- Policy considerations were determined largely by the parent company.
- Some of the whetstones have been transported up to 400 km from the parent rock.
- God's hand had written in the hearts of our first parents all the rules of good.
- Stems will root down, creating a new crown near the parent.
- The parents of the bride.
- His adoptive parents.
Parent as a Verb
Definitions of "Parent" as a verb
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “parent” as a verb can have the following definitions:
- Be or act as a parent to (a child.
- Bring up.
- Look after a child until it is an adult.
Synonyms of "Parent" as a verb (7 Words)
|be the parent of||Occupy a certain position or area.|
|bring up||Cause to come into a particular state or condition.|
|look after||Perceive with attention; direct one’s gaze towards.|
|nurture||Care for and protect (someone or something) while they are growing.|
Nurture his talents.
|raise||Raise in rank or condition.|
A fence was being raised around the property.
|rear||Cause to rise up.|
The horse reared in terror.
|take care of||Take into one’s possession.|
Usage Examples of "Parent" as a verb
- All children are special to those who parent them.
- We are losing our intuitive ability to parent.
Associations of "Parent" (30 Words)
|adoption||The action or fact of legally taking another’s child and bringing it up as one’s own, or the fact of being adopted.|
The widespread adoption of agricultural technology.
|aunt||An unrelated adult female friend, especially of a child.|
She was brought up by her aunt and uncle.
|beget||Make (offspring) by reproduction.|
Killings beget more killings.
|brother||A title given to a monk and used as form of address.|
None of his brothers would betray him.
|care||Provide care for.|
No medical care was required.
|daddy||The best or most successful person.|
The daddy of all potholes.
|daughter||A thing personified as a daughter in relation to its origin or source.|
We are the sons and daughters of Adam.
|elder||An official in the early Christian Church, or of various Protestant Churches and sects.|
The elder of the two sons.
|engender||Cause or give rise to (a feeling, situation, or condition.|
The issue engendered continuing controversy.
|familial||Occurring among members of a family usually by heredity.|
The familial Christmas dinner.
|family||A group of one or more parents and their children living together as a unit.|
I could not turn him away for he was family.
|father||Treat with the protective care associated with a father.|
John fathered four daughters.
|foster||Bring up under fosterage of children.|
A person who would foster Holly was found.
|grandparent||A parent of your father or mother.|
It must be a great blessing to have Chloe s grandparents living nearby.
|housework||Regular work done in housekeeping, especially cleaning and tidying.|
I was busy doing housework when the doorbell rang.
|maternal||Related on the mother’s side.|
My mom gave us each a slice of pizza.
|mommy||Informal terms for a mother.|
|mother||A term of address for a mother superior.|
She didn t know how to mother my brother and he was very sensitive.
|nurture||The action or process of nurturing someone or something.|
Nurture his talents.
|offspring||The immediate descendants of a person.|
She was the mother of many offspring.
|progeny||A descendant or the descendants of a person, animal, or plant; offspring.|
Shorthorn cattle are highly effective in bestowing their characteristics on their progeny.
|raising||Helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community.|
A cost raising increase in the basic wage rate.
|rearing||Rearing on left hind leg with forelegs elevated and head usually in profile.|
|sibling||Each of two or more children or offspring having one or both parents in common; a brother or sister.|
|sister||A title given to a nun (and used as a form of address.|
The ward sister needs to be consulted.
|sisterhood||The feeling of kinship with and closeness to a group of women or all women.|
Much of sisterhood is about sharing lipsticks.
|tutelary||Serving as a protector, guardian, or patron.|
|uncle||The brother of your father or mother; the husband of your aunt.|
He visited his uncle.
|upbringing||Properties acquired during a person’s formative years.|
He was a countryman by upbringing.