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1 a male human parent
  • the special relationship that exists between fathers and sons

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2 a person who establishes a whole new field of endeavor
  • Sir Isaac Newton is regarded by many as the father of modern science

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3 a person who is several generations earlier in an individual's line of descent
  • our fathers founded this nation on the fundamental belief that no person is entitled to rule by divine right

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4 capitalized the being worshipped as the creator and ruler of the universe
  • let us ask humbly for the blessings of our Father in heaven

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Synonyms of father (Entry 2 of 2)

to become the father of
  • Paul Revere somehow found room in his small house for the large family he had fathered

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The first known use of father was before the 12th century

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“Father.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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