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A person's father or mother
“Both died, leaving their brother to become an adoptive parent to their children.”
A source or origin of a smaller or less important part
“He is regarded as one of the parents of modern classical music.”
Be or act as a parent to (a child)
“This goes to his credibility and judgment, and in that sense bears on his ability to parent Jeremy.”
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