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What is another word for parent?

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A person who raises, nurtures or cares for a child, typically the begetter
“It is about the relationship between a loving parent who is often frustrated by the way her children behave, but who still wants to see them grow and prosper.”
A person's father
“My father has been a great parent for my sister and I, as well as a great husband to my mother.”
A person's mother
“For the most part, the mother has been a great parent, although lately I find myself questioning some of her methods.”
A person or thing that comes before another of the same kind
“Ophelia'is renowned for its perfect form and its contribution as a parent to modern roses.”
A source or origin of something
“Somewhere, there was a second group of people who spoke a language that was the parent of modern Lao-Yo dialects.”
The creator or designer of something
“He is known as the parent of the Russian Mariinsky Ballet.”
The necessary basis for something to develop
A person of a high rank or in a position of power or command
One's closest blood relative, typically an heir to an inheritance
One who cares for another
Of, or related to being, a parent
“Many adopters deal with parent issues that are unique to them.”
To be, or act as, a parent to (a child)
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“This goes to his credibility and judgment, and in that sense bears on his ability to parent Jeremy.”
To beget or conceive (offspring)
To create or initiate, typically something innovative
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