Definitions for fatherˈfɑ ðər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fa•therˈfɑ ðər(n.)

  1. the begetter of offspring; male parent.

  2. (often cap.) one's own father.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. a father-in-law, stepfather, adoptive father, or foster father.

  4. any male ancestor; forefather; progenitor.

  5. a man who gives paternal care to others; protector or provider.

  6. a person who has originated or established something.

  7. a precursor, prototype, or early form.

  8. one of the leading men in a city, town, etc.

  9. a priest or a title for a priest.

    Category: Religion

  10. (cap.) God, esp. the first person of the Trinity.

    Category: Religion

  11. a title of respect for an elderly man.

  12. any of the chief early Christian writers.

    Category: Religion

  13. (v.t.)to beget.

  14. to be the creator, founder, or author of; originate.

  15. to act as a father toward.

  16. to take the responsibility for.

  17. to establish the paternity or source of.

  18. (v.i.)to perform the tasks or duties of a male parent; act paternally.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of father:

bef. 900; ME fader, OE fæder; c. OS fadar, OHG fater, ON fathir, L pater, GK patḗr, Skt pitar

fa′ther•like`(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. father, male parent, begetter(noun)

    a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father)

    "his father was born in Atlanta"

  2. forefather, father, sire(noun)

    the founder of a family

    "keep the faith of our forefathers"

  3. Father, Padre(noun)

    `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

  4. Church Father, Father of the Church, Father(noun)

    (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

  5. father(noun)

    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. Father, Father-God, Fatherhood(noun)

    God when considered as the first person in the Trinity

    "hear our prayers, Heavenly Father"

  7. founder, beginner, founding father, father(noun)

    a person who founds or establishes some institution

    "George Washington is the father of his country"

  8. don, father(verb)

    the head of an organized crime family

  9. beget, get, engender, father, mother, sire, generate, bring forth(verb)

    make children

    "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. father(noun)ˈfɑ ðər

    a male parent

    my father and mother; He was a great father and friend.

  2. fatherˈfɑ ðər

    used to address priests in some churches

  3. fatherˈfɑ ðər

    in Christianity, used to address God

Wiktionary

  1. father(Noun)

    A male who sires (and often raises) a child.

    My father was a strong influence on me.

  2. father(Noun)

    A male donator of sperm which resulted in conception or fertilisation

  3. father(Noun)

    A term of address for an elderly man.

    Come, father; you can sit here.

  4. father(Noun)

    A person who plays the role of a father in some way.

  5. father(Noun)

    The founder of a discipline or science.

    Albert Einstein is the father of modern physics.

  6. father(Verb)

    To be a father to; to sire.

  7. father(Verb)

    To give rise to.

  8. father(Verb)

    To act as a father; to support and nurture.

  9. Father(ProperNoun)

    God, the father of Creation

  10. Father(ProperNoun)

    A title given to priests.

    Father Thomas was a good priest.

  11. Father(ProperNoun)

    One's father

    I will only do what Father asks.

  12. Father(ProperNoun)

    One of the triune gods of the Horned God in Wicca alongside the Master and Sage and representing a man; younger than a Sage and older than a Master

  13. Origin: From fader, from fæder, from fadēr (cf. East Frisian foar, Dutch vader, German Vater), from ph₂tḗr (cf. Irish athair, Tocharian A pācar, B pācer, Lithuanian patinas 'male animal'), akin to pater, akin to Ancient Greek πατήρ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Father(noun)

    one who has begotten a child, whether son or daughter; a generator; a male parent

  2. Father(noun)

    a male ancestor more remote than a parent; a progenitor; especially, a first ancestor; a founder of a race or family; -- in the plural, fathers, ancestors

  3. Father(noun)

    one who performs the offices of a parent by maintenance, affetionate care, counsel, or protection

  4. Father(noun)

    a respectful mode of address to an old man

  5. Father(noun)

    a senator of ancient Rome

  6. Father(noun)

    a dignitary of the church, a superior of a convent, a confessor (called also father confessor), or a priest; also, the eldest member of a profession, or of a legislative assembly, etc

  7. Father(noun)

    one of the chief esslesiastical authorities of the first centuries after Christ; -- often spoken of collectively as the Fathers; as, the Latin, Greek, or apostolic Fathers

  8. Father(noun)

    one who, or that which, gives origin; an originator; a producer, author, or contriver; the first to practice any art, profession, or occupation; a distinguished example or teacher

  9. Father(noun)

    the Supreme Being and Creator; God; in theology, the first person in the Trinity

  10. Father(verb)

    to make one's self the father of; to beget

  11. Father(verb)

    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.)

  12. Father(verb)

    to provide with a father

Freebase

  1. Father

    A father is a male parent or Individual progenitor of human offspring. The adjective "paternal" refers to a father and comparatively to "maternal" for a mother. The verb "to father" means to procreate or to sire a child from which also derives the gerund "fathering". Fathers determine the gender of their child through a sperm cell which either contains an X chromosome, or Y chromosome. Related terms of endearment are dad, daddy, pa, papa, pop and pops

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'father' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #368

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'father' in Written Corpus Frequency: #604

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'father' in Nouns Frequency: #117


Translations for father

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

father(noun)

a male parent, especially human

Mr Smith is her father.

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