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fa·ther

 (fä′thər)
n.
1.
a. A male whose sperm unites with an egg, producing an embryo.
b. A male whose impregnation of a female results in the birth of a child.
c. A man who adopts a child.
d. A man who raises a child.
2. A male parent of an animal.
3. A male ancestor: He has died and now sleeps with his fathers.
4.
a. A man who creates, originates, or founds something: Chaucer is considered the father of English poetry.
b. A man who serves or is thought of as a protector: beloved as the father of the nation.
5. Father Christianity
a. God.
b. The first person of the Christian Trinity.
6.
a. An elderly or venerable man. Used as a title of respect.
b. One of the leading men, as of a city: the town fathers.
c. or Father A church father.
d. A member of the senate in ancient Rome.
7. Abbr. Fr.
a. A priest or clergyman in the Roman Catholic or Anglican churches.
b. Used as a title and form of address with or without the clergyman's name.
v. fa·thered, fa·ther·ing, fa·thers
v.tr.
1.
a. To provide the sperm that unites with an egg to produce (an embryo, fetus, or child).
b. To act or serve as a father to (a child).
2. To create, found, or originate: father a political movement.
3. To attribute the paternity, creation, or origin of: "[Swift's] ideas about the education of the young are fathered on to the Lilliputians" (George Orwell).
v.intr.
To act or serve as a father.

[Middle English fader, from Old English fæder; see pəter- in Indo-European roots.]

father

(ˈfɑːðə)
n
1. a male parent
2. a person who founds a line or family; forefather
3. any male acting in a paternal capacity.
4. (often capital) a respectful term of address for an old man
5. a male who originates something: the father of modern psychology.
6. a leader of an association, council, etc; elder: a city father.
7. Brit the eldest or most senior member in a society, profession, etc: father of the bar.
8. (Historical Terms) (often plural) a senator or patrician in ancient Rome
9. the father of informal a very large, severe, etc, example of a specified kind: the father of a whipping.
vb (tr)
10. to procreate or generate (offspring); beget
11. to create, found, originate, etc
12. to act as a father to
13. to acknowledge oneself as father or originator of
14. (foll by: on or upon) to impose or place without a just reason
[Old English fæder; related to Old Norse fathir, Old Frisian feder, Old High German fater, Latin pater, Greek patēr, Sanskrit pitr]
ˈfathering n

Father

(ˈfɑːðə)
n
1. (Theology) God, esp when considered as the first person of the Christian Trinity
2. (Theology) Also called: Church Father any of the writers on Christian doctrine of the pre-Scholastic period
3. (Roman Catholic Church) a title used for Christian priests

fa•ther

(ˈfɑ ðər)

n.
1. the begetter of offspring; male parent.
2. (often cap.) one's own father.
3. a father-in-law, stepfather, adoptive father, or foster father.
4. any male ancestor; forefather; progenitor.
5. a man who gives paternal care to others; protector or provider.
6. a person who has originated or established something.
7. a precursor, prototype, or early form.
8. one of the leading men in a city, town, etc.
9. a priest or a title for a priest.
10. (cap.) God, esp. the first person of the Trinity.
11. a title of respect for an elderly man.
12. any of the chief early Christian writers.
v.t.
13. to beget.
14. to be the creator, founder, or author of; originate.
15. to act as a father toward.
16. to take the responsibility for.
17. to establish the paternity or source of.
v.i.
18. to perform the tasks or duties of a male parent; act paternally.
[before 900; Middle English fader, Old English fæder; c. Old Saxon fadar, Old High German fater, Old Norse fathir, Latin pater, GK patḗr, Skt pitar]
fa′ther•less, adj.
fa′ther•like`, adj.

Father

See also mother; parents

the hatred of one’s father. — misopaterist, n.
1. a community in which the father or oldest male is the supreme authority in the family, clan, or tribe, and descent is traced through the male line.
2. government by males, with one as supreme. — patriarchist, n. — patri-archic, patriarchical, adj.
tending to move toward or centering upon the father. See also matricentric.

father


Past participle: fathered
Gerund: fathering

Imperative
father
father
Present
I father
you father
he/she/it fathers
we father
you father
they father
Preterite
I fathered
you fathered
he/she/it fathered
we fathered
you fathered
they fathered
Present Continuous
I am fathering
you are fathering
he/she/it is fathering
we are fathering
you are fathering
they are fathering
Present Perfect
I have fathered
you have fathered
he/she/it has fathered
we have fathered
you have fathered
they have fathered
Past Continuous
I was fathering
you were fathering
he/she/it was fathering
we were fathering
you were fathering
they were fathering
Past Perfect
I had fathered
you had fathered
he/she/it had fathered
we had fathered
you had fathered
they had fathered
Future
I will father
you will father
he/she/it will father
we will father
you will father
they will father
Future Perfect
I will have fathered
you will have fathered
he/she/it will have fathered
we will have fathered
you will have fathered
they will have fathered
Future Continuous
I will be fathering
you will be fathering
he/she/it will be fathering
we will be fathering
you will be fathering
they will be fathering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been fathering
you have been fathering
he/she/it has been fathering
we have been fathering
you have been fathering
they have been fathering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been fathering
you will have been fathering
he/she/it will have been fathering
we will have been fathering
you will have been fathering
they will have been fathering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been fathering
you had been fathering
he/she/it had been fathering
we had been fathering
you had been fathering
they had been fathering
Conditional
I would father
you would father
he/she/it would father
we would father
you would father
they would father
Past Conditional
I would have fathered
you would have fathered
he/she/it would have fathered
we would have fathered
you would have fathered
they would have fathered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.father - a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father)father - a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father); "his father was born in Atlanta"
dad, dada, daddy, pa, papa, pappa, pop - an informal term for a father; probably derived from baby talk
father-in-law - the father of your spouse
old man - an informal term for your father
parent - a father or mother; one who begets or one who gives birth to or nurtures and raises a child; a relative who plays the role of guardian
pater - an informal use of the Latin word for father; sometimes used by British schoolboys or used facetiously
female parent, mother - a woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother); "the mother of three children"
2.father - the founder of a familyfather - the founder of a family; "keep the faith of our forefathers"
ancestor, antecedent, ascendant, ascendent, root - someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
patriarch - any of the early biblical characters regarded as fathers of the human race
3.father - `Father' is a term of address for priests in some churches (especially the Roman Catholic Church or the Orthodox Catholic Church)Father - `Father' is a term of address for priests in some churches (especially the Roman Catholic Church or the Orthodox Catholic Church); `Padre' is frequently used in the military
form of address, title of respect, title - an identifying appellation signifying status or function: e.g. `Mr.' or `General'; "the professor didn't like his friends to use his formal title"
priest - a clergyman in Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites; one of the Holy Orders
4.Father - (Christianity) any of about 70 theologians in the period from the 2nd to the 7th century whose writing established and confirmed official church doctrine; in the Roman Catholic Church some were later declared saints and became Doctor of the Church; the best known Latin Church Fathers are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome; those who wrote in Greek include Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and John Chrysostom
Christian religion, Christianity - a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior
theologian, theologiser, theologist, theologizer - someone who is learned in theology or who speculates about theology
5.father - a person who holds an important or distinguished position in some organization; "the tennis fathers ruled in her favor"; "the city fathers endorsed the proposal"
leader - a person who rules or guides or inspires others
6.Father - God when considered as the first person in the Trinity; "hear our prayers, Heavenly Father"
7.father - a person who founds or establishes some institutionfather - a person who founds or establishes some institution; "George Washington is the father of his country"
cofounder - one of a group of founders
coloniser, colonizer - someone who helps to found a colony
foundress - a woman founder
conceiver, mastermind, originator - someone who creates new things
8.father - the head of an organized crime familyfather - the head of an organized crime family
chief, top dog, head - a person who is in charge; "the head of the whole operation"
Verb1.father - make childrenfather - make children; "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them"
create, make - make or cause to be or to become; "make a mess in one's office"; "create a furor"

father

noun
1. daddy (informal), dad (informal), male parent, patriarch, pop (U.S. informal), governor (informal), old man (Brit. informal), pa (informal), old boy (informal), papa (old-fashioned informal), sire, pater, biological father, foster father, begetter, paterfamilias, birth father He was a good father to my children.
2. founder, author, maker, architect, creator, inventor, originator, prime mover, initiator He was the father of modern photography.
3. (usually cap.) priest, minister, vicar, parson, pastor, cleric, churchman, padre (informal), confessor, abbé, curé, man of God The prior, Father Alessandro, came over to talk to them.
4. (usually cap.) God, Lord, Creator, Almighty God, living God, Holy One, eternal God Our Father in Heaven.
5. (usually plural) forefather, predecessor, ancestor, forebear, progenitor land of my fathers
6. (usually plural) leader (usually found in phrase `city fathers') senator, elder, patron, patriarch, guiding light, city father City fathers tried to revive the town's economy.
verb
1. sire, parent, conceive, bring to life, beget, procreate, bring into being, give life to, get He fathered at least three children.
2. originate, found, create, establish, author, institute, invent, engender He fathered the modern computer.
Related words
adjective paternal
Quotations
"Honour thy father and thy mother" Bible: Exodus
"'Tis happy for him, that his father was before him" [Jonathan Swift Polite Conversation]
"No man is responsible for his father. That is entirely his mother's affair" [Margaret Turnbull Alabaster Lamps]
"No man can know who was his father" [Homer Odyssey]
"It's all any reasonable child can expect if the dad is present at the conception" [Joe Orton Entertaining Mr. Sloane]
"It is a wise father that knows his own child" [William Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice]
Proverbs
"Like father like son"

father

noun
1. A male parent:
Informal: dad, daddy, pa, papa, pappy, pop.
Slang: old man.
2. A person from whom one is descended:
Archaic: predecessor.
3. One that creates, founds, or originates:
4. A first form from which varieties arise or imitations are made:
verb
1. To be the biological father of:
2. To cause to come into existence:
Translations
أَبأب، كاهِنأب، والِدأبو، مُبْتَدِئ، مُنْشِئيُنْجِب
баща
oteczploditbýt otcem
farfadergrundlæggerpater
patro
isa
پدر
isä
otac
apaatya
faðirfaîirfeîra; vera faîirprestur, preststitillstofnandi, upphafsmaîur
おとうさんお父さんパパ
아버지
pater
tėvastėviškastėvystėuošvisbūti tėvu
būt par tēvudibinātājsradītradītājstēvs
vadervadertjepapa
tată
otecpátersplodiť
oče
farpappafader
พ่อ
babababa olmakbabalık yapmakkurucumucit
батькоотецьтато
bốcậuchathầytía

father

[ˈfɑːðəʳ]
A. N
1. (gen) → padre m
to talk to sb like a fatherhablar a algn en tono paternal
to be passed on or handed down from father to sonpasar de padre a hijo
my father and mothermis padres
a father and mother of a rowuna bronca fenomenal or de padre y muy señor mío
like father like sonde tal palo, tal astilla
2. Our Father (Rel) → Padre Nuestro
to say three Our Fathersrezar tres padrenuestros
3. Father Brown (Rel) → (el) padre Brown
4. (fig) (= founder) → padre m
the father of English poetryel padre de la poesía inglesa
the Fathers of the Churchlos Santos Padres de la Iglesia
see also city B
B. VT [+ child] → engendrar (fig) → inventar, producir
C. CPD Father Christmas N (Brit) → Papá m Noel
father confessor N (Rel) → confesor m, padre m or director m espiritual
Father's Day NDía m del Padre
father figure Nfigura f paterna
(Old) Father Time Nel Tiempo

father

[ˈfɑːðər]
n
(= male parent) → père m
my father → mon père
to be a good father → être un bon père
a father of three
He is a father of three → Il est le père de trois enfants., Il est père de trois enfants.
(= inventor, originator) → père m
the father of modern photography → le père de la photographie moderne
(= priest) → père m
vt [+ child] → être le père deFather Christmas n (British)le père m Noëlfather figure father-figure nfigure f paternelle
He needs a father figure → Il a besoin d'une figure paternelle.
He's been a father figure to me
BUT Il a été un père pour moi.

father

n
(lit, fig)Vater m(to sb jdm); from father to sonvom Vater auf den Sohn; like father like sonder Apfel fällt nicht weit vom Stamm; (Old) Father Timedie Zeit (als Allegorie)
fathers pl (= ancestors)Väter pl
(= founder)Vater m; (= leader)Führer m, → Vater m (liter); the Fathers of the Churchdie Kirchenväter pl
(= God) (our) FatherVater m(unser)
(= priest)Pater m; the Holy Fatherder Heilige Vater
vt
child, cub etczeugen; (= admit paternity)die Vaterschaft anerkennen für; (fig) idea, planUrheber (+gen)sein
(= saddle with responsibility) to father something on somebodyjdm die Verantwortung für etw aufhalsen (inf)or aufbürden

father

:
Father Christmas
n (Brit) → der Weihnachtsmann
father confessor
n (Rel) → Beichtvater m
father figure
nVaterfigur f
fatherhood
nVaterschaft f
father-in-law
n pl <fathers-in-law> → Schwiegervater m
fatherland
nVaterland nt
fatherless
adjvaterlos

father

[ˈfɑːðəʳ] n (gen) → padre m
Our Father (Rel) → Padre Nostro
from father to son → di padre in figlio
like father like son → tale padre tale figlio
Old Father Time → il Tempo

father

(ˈfaːðə) noun
1. a male parent, especially human. Mr Smith is her father.
2. (with capital) the title of a (usually Roman Catholic) priest. I met Father Sullivan this morning.
3. a person who begins, invents or first makes something. King Alfred was the father of the English navy.
verb
to be the father of. King Charles II fathered a number of children.
ˈfatherhood noun
the state or condition of being a father. Now that the children are older I am enjoying fatherhood.
ˈfatherly adjective
like a father. He showed a fatherly interest in his friend's child.
ˈfather-in-law noun
the father of one's wife or husband.

father

أَب otec far Vater πατέρας padre isä père otac padre 아버지 vader far ojciec pai отец far พ่อ baba bố 父亲

father

n. padre; papá; pop. tata.

father

n padre m
References in classic literature ?
We've got Father and Mother, and each other," said Beth contentedly from her corner.
She had been left a large fertile farm when her father died.
In ne house was a father weeping for the loss of his daughter, in another perhaps a mother trembling for the fate of her child; and instead of the blessings that had formerly been heaped on the Sultan's head, the air was now full of curses.
And thus he would go to Zoraida's garden and ask for fruit, which her father gave him, not knowing him; but though, as he afterwards told me, he sought to speak to Zoraida, and tell her who he was, and that by my orders he was to take her to the land of the Christians, so that she might feel satisfied and easy, he had never been able to do so; for the Moorish women do not allow themselves to be seen by any Moor or Turk, unless their husband or father bid them: with Christian captives they permit freedom of intercourse and communication, even more than might be considered proper.
SHORTLY after breakfast, at which he assisted with a highly tragical countenance, John sought his father where he sat, presumably in religious meditation, on the Sabbath mornings.
The good Captain Leclere is dead, father, and it is probable that, with the aid of M.
He was sitting moodily among the suitors thinking about his brave father, and how he would send them flying out of the house, if he were to come to his own again and be honoured as in days gone by.
UP to the age of fourteen, when my father died, my childhood was the happiest period of my life.
One day, in the sick chamber of Father Ephraim, who had been forty years the presiding elder over the Shaker settlement at Goshen, there was an assemblage of several of the chief men of the sect.
One Evening in December as my Father, my Mother and myself, were arranged in social converse round our Fireside, we were on a sudden greatly astonished, by hearing a violent knocking on the outward door of our rustic Cot.
Come in, my reverend father," said Mazarin, after a last look at the ruelle, "come in and console me.
asked her father, ironically, in a tone of voice which made the mother quail.