Parent vs Patent - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between parent and patent

is that parent is one of the two persons from whom one is immediately biologically descended; a mother or father while patent is .

As a verb parent

is to act as parent, to raise or rear.



(wikipedia parent)


(en noun)
  • One of the two persons from whom one is immediately biologically descended; a mother or father.
  • My twin sister says she loves our parents , but honestly, I dislike them .
  • * c. 1595 , (William Shakespeare), The Tempest , First Folio 1623, I.2:
  • my trust / Like a good parent , did beget of him / A falsehood in it's contrarie, as great / As my trust was, which had indeede no limit, / A confidence sans bound.
  • *
  • And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see? His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind [...].
  • * 2005 , Siobhan O'Neill, The Guardian , 24 Aug 2005:
  • The NHS is naturally pro-immunisation, reassuring parents that their babies can easily cope with these jabs.
  • A person who acts as a parent in rearing a child; a step-parent or adoptive parent.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=(Joseph Stiglitz)
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=19, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Globalisation is about taxes too , passage=It is time the international community faced the reality: we have an unmanageable, unfair, distortionary global tax regime. […] It is the starving of the public sector which has been pivotal in America no longer being the land of opportunity – with a child's life prospects more dependent on the income and education of its parents than in other advanced countries.}}
  • (obsolete) A relative.
  • The source or origin of something.
  • * 1785 , (Thomas Jefferson), Notes on the State of Virginia :
  • Misery is often the parent of the most affecting touches in poetry.
  • (biology) An organism from which a plant or animal is immediately biologically descended.
  • (label) Sponsor, supporter, owner, protector.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1944, author=(w)
  • , title= The Three Corpse Trick, section=chapter 5 , passage=The dinghy was trailing astern at the end of its painter, and Merrion looked at it as he passed. He saw that it was a battered-looking affair of the prahm type, with a blunt snout, and like the parent ship, had recently been painted a vivid green.}}
  • # A parent company.
  • #* {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-22, volume=407, issue=8841, page=68, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= T time , passage=The ability to shift profits to low-tax countries by locating intellectual property in them
  • (computing) The object from which a child or derived object is descended; a node superior to another node.
  • Synonyms

    * (person from whom one is descended) progenitor * mother


    * (person from whom one is descended) child, offspring * child


    * (person from whom one is descended) father, mother

    Derived terms

    * parentage * parental * parentdom * parenthood * parentish * parentless * parentlike * parently * parentness * parentship * parent company


  • To act as parent, to raise or rear.
  • Derived terms

    * parenting


    See also

    * foster


    * 1000 English basic words ----



    (wikipedia patent)

    Etymology 1

    Short form of (etyl) lettre patente'', "open letter", from (etyl) ''littera patens .


    (en noun)
  • A declaration issued by a government agency declaring someone the inventor of a new invention and having the privilege of stopping others from making, using or selling the claimed invention; a letter patent.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-08, volume=407, issue=8839, page=55, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Obama goes troll-hunting , passage=The solitary, lumbering trolls of Scandinavian mythology would sometimes be turned to stone by exposure to sunlight. Barack Obama is hoping that several measures announced on June 4th will have a similarly paralysing effect on their modern incarnation, the patent troll.}}
  • A specific grant of ownership of a piece of property; a land patent.
  • Patent leather]]: a [[varnish, varnished, high-gloss leather typically used for shoes and accessories.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To successfully register an invention with a government agency; to secure a letter patent.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-21, author= Karen McVeigh
  • , volume=189, issue=2, page=10, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= US rules human genes can't be patented , passage=The US supreme court has ruled unanimously that natural human genes cannot be patented , a decision that scientists and civil rights campaigners said removed a major barrier to patient care and medical innovation.}}

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) patent, from (etyl), from (etyl) .


    (en adjective)
  • (biology) open, unobstructed, expanded.
  • That is a patent ductus arteriosus.
  • explicit and obvious.
  • Those claims are patent nonsense.
  • (of flour) that is fine, and consists mostly of the inner part of the endosperm
  • Open; unconcealed; conspicuous.
  • * Motley
  • He had received instructions, both patent and secret.
  • Open to public perusal; said of a document conferring some right or privilege.
  • letters patent
  • Protected by a legal patent.
  • a patent''' right; '''patent medicines
  • * Mortimer
  • Madder in King Charles the First's time, was made a patent commodity.
    Derived terms
    * patently


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