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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