What does it mean to be a mother?

mother[muhth -er]
Main Entry: mother
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: female person who has borne children

1. a female parent.
2. one's female parent.
3. a mother-in-law, stepmother, or adoptive mother.
4. a term of address for a female parent or a woman having or regarded as having the status, function, or authority of a female parent.
5. a term of familiar address for an old or elderly woman.
6. mother superior
7. a woman exercising control, influence, or authority like that of a mother: to be a mother to someone.
8. the qualities characteristic of a mother, as maternal affection: It is the mother in her showing itself.
9. something or someone that gives rise to or exercises protecting care over something else; origin or source.
10. (in disc recording) a mold from which stampers are made.

1. being a mother: a mother bird.
2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a mother: mother love.
3. derived from or as if from one's mother; native: his mother culture.
4. bearing a relation like that of a mother, as in being the origin, source, or protector: the mother company and its affiliates; the mother computer and its network of terminals.

verb (used with object)
1. to be the mother of; give origin or rise to.
2. to acknowledge oneself the author of; assume as one's own.
3. to care for or protect like a mother; act maternally toward.

verb (used without object)
1. to perform the tasks or duties of a female parent; act maternally: a woman with a need to mother.

1. mother of all.the greatest or most notable example of: the mother of all mystery novels.

1. a stringy, mucilaginous substance consisting of various bacteria, especially Mycoderma aceti, that forms on the surface of a fermenting liquid and causes fermentation when added to other liquids, as in changing wine or cider to vinegar.

noun Slang: Vulgar.
1. motherfucker
2. a person or thing that is very large, powerful, or impressive.


Main Entry: maternal
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: motherly
Synonyms: affectionate kind parental protective sympathetic

Main Entry: parental
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: having the quality or nature of a parent
Synonyms: affectionate benevolent benign caring comforting devoted fatherly fond forbearing gentle indulgent kind loving maternal matriarchal motherly paternal patriarchal protective sheltering supportive tender warm watchful

Main Entry: motherly
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: caring
Synonyms: affectionate careful caretaking comforting devoted fond gentle kind loving maternal nurturing protecting protective sheltering supporting sympathetic tender warm watchful

Main Entry: care
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: tend to
Synonyms: attend babysit consider foster keep an eye on keep tabs on look after mind minister mother nurse nurture pay attention to protect provide for sit take pains tend treasure wait on watch watch over
Antonyms: disregard ignore neglect

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