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  1. moth·er
    IPA[ˈməT͟Hər]
  2. noun

    • 1. a woman in relation to her child or children:

      she returned to Bristol to nurse her aging mother a mother of three
      Synonym : female parent, materfamilias, matriarch, biological mother, birth mother, foster mother, adoptive mother, stepmother, surrogate mother, ma, mammy, old dear, old lady, old woman, mum, mummy, mumsy, mam, mom, mommy, mater, mama, mamma, Mata, amma, progenitress, progenitrix
    • 2. a female animal in relation to its offspring:

      a mother penguin
      Synonym : dam
    • 3. (especially as a form of address) an elderly woman.

    • 4. denoting an institution or organization from which more recently founded institutions of the same type derive:

      the mother church
    • 5. (especially as a title or form of address) the head of a female religious community.

    • 6. short for motherfucker

    verb

    • 1. bring up (a child) with care and affection:

      she didn't know how to mother my brother and he was very sensitive he found a beautiful wife that mothered his children
    • 2. look after (someone) kindly and protectively, sometimes excessively so:

      she felt mothered by her older sister
      Synonym : look after, care for, take care of, nurture, nurse, protect, cherish, tend, raise, rear, pamper, coddle, cosset, baby, overprotect, overparent, fuss over, indulge, spoil
    • 3. give birth to:

      she's mothered two foals that have gone on to be impressive dressage competitors
      Synonym : give birth to, have, deliver, bear, produce, bring forth, birth, drop, be brought to bed of
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: mother, plural noun: mothers

    • v.: verb: mother, 3rd person present: mothers, gerund or present participle: mothering, past tense: mothered, past participle: mothered

    • noun

      a woman in relation to her child or children:

      a female animal in relation to its offspring:

    • verb

      bring up (a child) with care and affection:

      look after (someone) kindly and protectively, sometimes excessively so:

    • noun

      the female leader of a den of Cub Scouts.

      a woman who plays a supportive or protective role for a particular group of people:

    • noun

      a person, animal, or thing that takes on all or part of the role of mother to another person or animal.

      a woman who bears a child on behalf of another woman, either from her own egg fertilized by the other woman's partner, or from the implantation in her uterus of a fertilized egg from the other woman.

    • noun

      a long, loose-fitting, shapeless woman's dress or undergarment.

      a long parka.

    • noun

      a principal vein of an ore or mineral.

      a rich source of something:

    • noun

      a goddess symbolizing fertility and the source of life.

      an archetypally nurturing and maternal woman.

    • noun

      a large spacecraft or ship from which smaller craft are launched or maintained:

      a place regarded as a base, source, or headquarters:

    • see Lee, Ann
    • noun

      the earth considered as the source of all its living beings and inanimate things.
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