Mother Moth"er, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mothered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mothering}.] To adopt as a son or daughter; to perform the duties of a mother to. [1913 Webster]

The queen, to have put lady Elizabeth besides the crown, would have mothered another body's child. --Howell. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Mothering — Moth er*ing, n. A rural custom in England, of visiting one s parents on Midlent Sunday, supposed to have been originally visiting the mother church to make offerings at the high altar. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mothering — [muth′ər iŋ] n. the work or skill of a mother in raising a child or children …   English World dictionary

  • mothering — moth|er|ing [ˈmʌðərıŋ] n [U] the process of caring for children in the way that a mother does ▪ mothering skills ▪ Babies and young children need mothering …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mothering — noun Mothering is used before these nouns: ↑instinct …   Collocations dictionary

  • mothering — /ˈmʌðərɪŋ/ (say mudhuhring) noun 1. the process of acting as a mother to a child. 2. sympathetic treatment, as if to a child. 3. British the custom of visiting one s parents on Mid Lent Sunday (Mothering Sunday) and giving a small gift. {mother1… …   Australian English dictionary

  • mothering — /mudh euhr ing/, n. 1. the nurturing of an infant or small child by its mother. 2. (in rural England) the custom of visiting one s parents on Laetare Sunday with a present. [1640 50; MOTHER1 + ING1] * * * …   Universalium

  • mothering — noun a) The nurturing of a child by its mother b) The protective behaviour of a mother towards her child …   Wiktionary

  • mothering — Synonyms and related words: TLC, bread, care, daily bread, economic support, endowment, keep, livelihood, living, maintenance, manna, meat, nourishment, nurture, price support, provision, subsidization, subsidy, subsistence, subvention, support,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • mothering — n. nurturing an infant and bringing up of a child or children by a mother moth·er || mʌðə(r) n. mom, female parent; woman who has given birth; woman acting as a mother or exercising mother like authority; small British gun used in WWI… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mothering — mother·ing …   English syllables

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