ADJ. lone, single | unmarried | widowed | divorced | absent | substitute, surrogate | elderly | prospective, would-be | new | biological, birth, natural, real | adoptive, foster, step- | good | proud They have just become the proud parents of a baby girl. | caring, devoted, fond, loving | doting, indulgent | over-protective | stern, strict | domineering | bad, inadequate | abusive | angry, anxious, distressed, heartbroken | working The government has promised a better deal for working parents.
PARENT + NOUN company The subsidiary eventually outgrew its parent company and took it over.
PHRASES lone/one/single-parent family