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1. A biological father.
a. The male parent of an animal, especially a domesticated mammal.
b. The plant or gamete responsible for fertilizing an ovule that develops into a seed.
3. Archaic A male ancestor; a forefather.
4. Archaic A gentleman of rank.
5. Archaic Used as a form of address for a superior, especially a king.
tr.v. sired, sir·ing, sires
1. To be the biological father of (a child).
2. To be the male individual or gamete producing (an animal's offspring or a plant's seed) through sexual reproduction: the boar that sired the litter; pollen grains siring seeds.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *seior, from Latin senior, older, comparative of senex, old; see sen- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Zoology) a male parent, esp of a horse or other domestic animal
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a respectful term of address, now used only in addressing a male monarch
3. obsolete a man of high rank
(Zoology) (tr) (esp of a domestic animal) to father; beget
[C13: from Old French, from Latin senior an elder, from senex an old man]
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n., v. sired, sir•ing. n.
1. the male parent of a quadruped.
2. a respectful term of address, now used only to a male sovereign.
a. a father or forefather.
b. a person of importance or in a position of authority, as a lord.
4. to beget; procreate as the male parent.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Old French (nominative singular) < Vulgar Latin *seior, for Latin senior senior]
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Past participle: sired
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|Noun||1.||sire - a title of address formerly used for a man of rank and authority|
|2.||sire - 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.||sire - male parent of an animal especially a domestic animal such as a horse|
male - an animal that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that can fertilize female gametes (ova)
|Verb||1.||sire - make children; "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them"|
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1. vt (Zool) (old) (child) → generare
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