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father

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noun fa·ther \ˈfä-thər\

Definition of father

  1. 1a :  a man who has begotten a child; also :  sire 3b capitalized (1) :  god 1 (2) :  the first person of the Trinity (see Trinity 1)

  2. 2 :  forefather the founding fathers

  3. 3a :  one related to another in a way suggesting that of father to childb :  an old man —used as a respectful form of address

  4. 4 often capitalized :  a pre-Scholastic (see scholastic 1a) Christian writer accepted by the church as an authoritative witness to its teaching and practice —called also church father

  5. 5a :  one that originates or institutes the father of modern scienceb :  source the sun, the father of warmth and light — Lena M. Whitneyc :  prototype the father of all libraries in the country

  6. 6 :  a priest of the regular clergy; broadly :  priest —used especially as a title

  7. 7 :  one of the leading men (as of a city) —usually used in plural a council of the city fathers

fatherhood

play \ˈfä-thər-ˌhu̇d\ noun

fatherless

play \ˈfä-thər-ləs\ adjective

fatherlike

play \ˈfä-thər-ˌlīk\ adjective or adverb

Examples of father in a sentence

  1. He became a father when he was 30.

  2. He's the father of three small children.

  3. He has been like a father to me.

  4. He was a father to me after my own father died.

Origin and Etymology of father

Middle English fader, from Old English fæder; akin to Old High German fater father, Latin pater, Greek patēr


First Known Use: before 12th century


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father

verb fa·ther

Definition of father

fathered

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fathering

play \ˈfäth-riŋ, ˈfä-thə-\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  begetb :  to be the founder, producer, or author of fathered the improvement planc :  to accept responsibility for

  3. 2a :  to fix the paternity or origin ofb :  to place responsibility for the origin or cause of collected gossip and fathered it on responsible men — J. A. Williamson

  4. 3 :  foist, impose

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to care for or look after someone as a father might

Examples of father in a sentence

  1. He was praised for fathering a plan to improve the city's schools.

  2. Paul Revere somehow found room in his small house for the large family he had fathered.

Origin and Etymology of father

see 1father


First Known Use: 15th century



FATHER Defined for English Language Learners

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father

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noun fa·ther \ˈfä-thər\

Definition of father for English Language Learners

  • : a male parent

  • : a man who is thought of as being like a father

  • : a person who was in someone's family in past times


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father

verb fa·ther

Definition of father for English Language Learners

  • : to become the father of (a child) : to make a woman pregnant so that she gives birth to (a child)

  • of a man : to invent, create, or produce (something)


FATHER Defined for Kids

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father

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noun fa·ther \ˈfä-thər\

Definition of father for Students

  1. 1 :  a male parent

  2. 2 cap :  god 1

  3. 3 :  ancestor 1

  4. 4 :  a person who cares for another as a father might

  5. 5 :  a person who invents or begins something the father of modern science

  6. 6 :  priest Hint: This sense of father is used especially to address a priest or as a priest's title.

fatherhood

\-ˌhu̇d\ noun

fatherless

\-ləs\ adjective

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father

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verb fa·ther

Definition of father for Students

fathered

;

fathering

  1. 1 :  to become the father of

  2. 2 :  to care for as a father

  3. 3 :  to be the founder, producer, or author of He fathered a new style of music.



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