Father Fa"ther, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fathered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fathering}.] 1. To make one's self the father of; to beget. [1913 Webster]

Cowards father cowards, and base things sire base. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To take as one's own child; to adopt; hence, to assume as one's own work; to acknowledge one's self author of or responsible for (a statement, policy, etc.). [1913 Webster]

Men of wit Often fathered what he writ. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

3. To provide with a father. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Think you I am no stronger than my sex, Being so fathered and so husbanded ? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To father on} or {To father upon}, to ascribe to, or charge upon, as one's offspring or work; to put or lay upon as being responsible. ``Nothing can be so uncouth or extravagant, which may not be fathered on some fetch of wit, or some caprice of humor.'' --Barrow. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Father — Fa ther (f[aum] [th][ e]r), n. [OE. fader, AS. f[ae]der; akin to OS. fadar, D. vader, OHG. fatar, G. vater, Icel. fa[eth]ir Sw. & Dan. fader, OIr. athir, L. pater, Gr. path r, Skr. pitr, perh. fr. Skr. p[=a] protect. [root]75, 247. Cf. {Papa},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • father — ► NOUN 1) a male parent. 2) an important figure in the origin and early history of something: Pasteur, the father of microbiology . 3) literary a male ancestor. 4) (often as a title or form of address) a priest. 5) (the Father) (in Christian… …   English terms dictionary

  • father — [fä′thər] n. [ME fader < OE fæder, akin to ON fathir, OHG fater, Goth fadar < IE * pətḗr > L pater, Gr patēr, Sans pitár: ult. origin prob. echoic of baby talk, as in PAPA, Hindi bābū] 1. a man who has begotten a child; esp., a man as he …   English World dictionary

  • father — [n1] male person who begets children ancestor, begetter, dad, daddy*, forebearer, origin, pa, padre, papa, parent, pop*, predecessor, procreator, progenitor, sire, source; concepts 394,400,414,419,423 Ant. mother father [n2] priest abbé,… …   New thesaurus

  • father — index generate, originate, parents, primogenitor, propagate (increase), reproduce Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • Father — Several terms redirect here. For other uses, see Father (disambiguation), Dad (disambiguation), Fatherhood (disambiguation), and Fathering (journal). Father with child A father is defined as a male parent of any type of offspring …   Wikipedia

  • father — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ lone (esp. BrE), single ▪ As a single father, he found it a struggle bringing up three children. ▪ married, unmarried ▪ a married father of …   Collocations dictionary

  • father —    This would seem to be the natural term for a speaker to use to his or her father, but whether it is used or not depends on individual family practice, which may in turn be influenced by the social and educational level of the family concerned …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • father — fa|ther1 W1S1 [ˈfa:ðə US ər] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(parent)¦ 2¦(priest)¦ 3 fathers 4¦(god)¦ 5 the father of something 6 from father to son 7 like father like son 8 a bit of how s your father ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old English; …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • father — fa|ther1 [ faðər ] noun count *** 1. ) your male parent. People often call their father Dad or, especially if they are young children, Daddy. In the past, people often called their father Father or Papa: My father taught me to drive. George… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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