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Noun
A woman in relation to her child or children
“We're going to be late to meet my parents, and my mother hates to be kept waiting.”
Noun
A female animal in relation to its offspring
“The mother flew off as usual but seemed no more agitated than she had been when guarding the eggs.”
Noun
The source or origin of something
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“The Mediterranean was mother to many cultures and languages.”
Noun
An adult human female
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The creator or originator of something noteworthy
Noun
An agent or someone who has the power to control the outcome of something
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An unprincipled person
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A person's father or mother
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One who gives life
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Substance causing chemicals to split into simpler substances
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A male relative
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A person who defends, guards, or cares for someone or something
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Birth mother or father
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Senior citizen
Verb
To raise a child with care and affection
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“She was determined to mother her children as her own mother did her.”
Verb
To look after (someone) kindly and protectively
“He loved to be mothered by women and women loved to mother him.”
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To give birth to
“Emma would mother four sons before finally bearing a girl.”
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To beget or conceive (offspring)
Adjective
Having the characteristics or qualities of a mother
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“When Mrs. Goldberg saw her losing the battle, her Jewish mother instincts came into play.”
Adjective
Native or innate
“Spanish is quite obviously his mother tongue.”
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Of the indigenous inhabitants of a place
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Adjective
Descended from an indigenous population
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