Word of the Day: Parent

par-ent / ˈperənt

 

noun

 

1. one who begets offspring; one’s father or mother

Our parents taught us to speak and the world taught us to be silent.

Czech Proverb

 

2. one who cares for and raises a child not related to them, i.e., step “, foster “,

There is always need for good foster parents, people who have room in their homes, the openhearted people.

Antwone Fisher, 1959-

 

3. a plant or animal with regard to its relation to its offspring

The vegetable life does not content itself with casting from the flower on the tree a single seed, but it fills the air and earth with a prodigality of seeds, that, if thousands perish, thousands may plant themselves, that hundreds may come up, that tens may live to maturity; that, at least one may replace the parent.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882

 

4. the source from which something is created or obtained

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.

Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 BC-43 BC

 

verb

1. to act as primary caregiver of someone, usually a child

The question isn’t so much, “Are you parenting the right way?” as it is: “Are you the adult you want your child to grow up to be?”

from “Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown, 1965-

 

adjective

 

1. pertaining to a group or company which gives rise to another, and which the second group remains a subsidiary of

Independent stations with disc jockeys who chose their own music have all gone; it’s these huge parent companies that own a hundred stations and then decide what we should hear.

Joe Walsh, 1947-