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Definition of 'father'


  1. a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father); "his father was born in Atlanta"
       Synonyms: male parent begetter
       Antonyms: mother female parent mother female parent
  2. the founder of a family; "keep the faith of our forefathers"
       Synonyms: forefather sire
  3. `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
       Synonyms: Padre
  4. (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
       Synonyms: Church Father Father of the Church
  5. 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"
  6. God when considered as the first person in the Trinity; "hear our prayers, Heavenly Father"
       Synonyms: Father-God Fatherhood
  7. a person who founds or establishes some institution; "George Washington is the father of his country"
       Synonyms: founder beginner founding father
  8. the head of an organized crime family
       Synonyms: don


  1. make children; "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them"
       Synonyms: beget get engender mother sire generate bring forth

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