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English noun: mother

1. mother (person) a woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother)


SamplesThe mother of three children.


Synonymsfemale parent


Broader (hypernym)parent


Narrower (hyponym)ma, mama, mamma, mammy, mater, mom, momma, mommy, mother-in-law, mum, mummy, para I, primipara, puerpera, quadripara, quintipara, supermom, surrogate mother


Instance hyponymBlessed Virgin, Madonna, Mary, The Virgin, Virgin Mary


Antonymsbegetter, father, male parent

2. mother (substance) a stringy slimy substance consisting of yeast cells and bacteria; forms during fermentation and is added to cider or wine to produce vinegar


Broader (hypernym)barm, yeast

3. mother (person) a term of address for an elderly woman


Broader (hypernym)old woman

4. mother (person) a term of address for a mother superior


Broader (hypernym)abbess, mother superior, prioress

5. mother (cognition) a condition that is the inspiration for an activity or situation


SamplesNecessity is the mother of invention.


Broader (hypernym)inspiration


English verb: mother

1. mother (social) care for like a mother


SamplesShe fusses over her husband.


Synonymsfuss, overprotect


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)care, give care

2. mother (body) make children


SamplesAbraham begot Isaac.
Men often father children but don't recognize them.


Synonymsbeget, bring forth, engender, father, generate, get, sire


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)create, make









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