father
I. noun Etymology: Middle English fader, from Old English fæder; akin to Old High German fater father, Latin pater, Greek patēr Date: before 12th century 1. a. a man who has begotten a child; also sire 3 b. capitalized (1) god 1 (2) the first person of the Trinity 2. forefather 3. a. one related to another in a way suggesting that of father to child b. an old man — used as a respectful form of address 4. often capitalized a pre-Scholastic Christian writer accepted by the church as an authoritative witness to its teaching and practice — called also church father 5. a. one that originates or institutes <
the father of modern science
>
b. source <
the sun, the father of warmth and light — Lena M. Whitney
>
c. prototype 6. a priest of the regular clergy; broadly priest — used especially as a title 7. one of the leading men (as of a city) — usually used in plural • fatherhood nounfatherless adjectivefatherlike adjective or adverb II. verb (fathered; fathering) Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. a. beget b. to be the founder, producer, or author of <
fathered the improvement plan
>
c. to accept responsibility for 2. a. to fix the paternity or origin of b. to place responsibility for the origin or cause of <
collected gossip and fathered it on responsible men — J. A. Williamson
>
3. foist, impose intransitive verb to care for or look after someone as a father might

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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 — 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;… …   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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