Definition of Father

1. Verb. Make children. "Men often father children but don't recognize them"

Exact synonyms: Beget, Bring Forth, Engender, Generate, Get, Mother, Sire
Generic synonyms: Create, Make
Derivative terms: Begetter, Generation, Generation, Generation, Generative, Mother, Sire, Sire

2. Noun. A male parent (also used as a term of address to your father). "His father was born in Atlanta"
Exact synonyms: Begetter, Male Parent
Specialized synonyms: Dad, Dada, Daddy, Pa, Papa, Pappa, Pop, Father-in-law, Old Man, Pater
Generic synonyms: Parent
Derivative terms: Beget, Fatherly
Antonyms: Mother, Female Parent

3. Noun. The founder of a family. "Keep the faith of our forefathers"
Exact synonyms: Forefather, Sire
Generic synonyms: Ancestor, Antecedent, Ascendant, Ascendent, Root
Specialized synonyms: Patriarch
Derivative terms: Sire

4. 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.
Exact synonyms: Padre
Generic synonyms: Form Of Address, Title, Title Of Respect, Priest

5. 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.

6. Noun. A person who holds an important or distinguished position in some organization. "The city fathers endorsed the proposal"
Generic synonyms: Leader

7. Noun. God when considered as the first person in the Trinity. "Hear our prayers, Heavenly Father"
Exact synonyms: Father-god, Fatherhood
Generic synonyms: Hypostasis, Hypostasis Of Christ

8. Noun. A person who founds or establishes some institution. "George Washington is the father of his country"
Exact synonyms: Beginner, Founder, Founding Father
Specialized synonyms: Cofounder, Coloniser, Colonizer, Foundress
Generic synonyms: Conceiver, Mastermind, Originator
Derivative terms: Begin, Found, Found

9. Noun. The head of an organized crime family.
Exact synonyms: Don
Generic synonyms: Chief, Head, Top Dog

Definition of Father

1. n. One who has begotten a child, whether son or daughter; a generator; a male parent.

2. v. t. To make one's self the father of; to beget.

Definition of Father

1. Proper noun. (Christianity) God, the father of creation Creation ¹

2. Proper noun. A title given to priests. ¹

3. Proper noun. One's father ¹

4. Proper noun. (context Wicca) 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 ¹

5. Noun. A male who sires (and often raises) a child. ¹

6. Noun. A male donator of sperm which resulted in conception or fertilisation ¹

7. Noun. A term of address for an elderly man. ¹

8. Noun. A person who plays the role of a father in some way. ¹

9. Noun. The founder of a discipline or science. ¹

10. Verb. To be a father to; to sire. ¹

11. Verb. (figuratively) To give rise to. ¹

12. Verb. To act as a father; to support and nurture. ¹

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Definition of Father

1. to cause to exist [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Father

1. 1. One who has begotten a child, whether son or daughter; a generator; a male parent. "A wise son maketh a glad father." (Prov. X. 1) 2. 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. "David slept with his fathers." (1 Kings II. 10) "Abraham, who is the father of us all." (Rom. Iv. 16) 3. One who performs the offices of a parent by maintenance, affetionate care, counsel, or protection. "I was a father to the poor." (Job xxix. 16) "He hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house." (Gen. Xiv. 8) 4. A respectful mode of address to an old man. "And Joash the king og Israel came down unto him [Elisha], . . . And said, O my father, my father!" (2 Kings xiii. 14) 5. A senator of ancient Rome. 6. 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. "Bless you, good father friar !" (Shak) 7. 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. 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. "The father of all such as handle the harp and organ." (Gen. Iv. 21) "Might be the father, Harry, to that thought." (Shak) "The father of good news." (Shak) 9. The Supreme Being and Creator; God; in theology, the first person in the Trinity. "Our Father, which art in heaven." (Matt. Vi. 9) "Now had the almighty Father from above . . . Bent down his eye." (Milton) Adoptive father, one who adopts the child of another, treating it as his own. Apostolic father, Conscript fathers, etc. See Apostolic, Conscript, etc. Father in God, a title given to bishops. Father of lies, the Devil. Father of the bar, the oldest practitioner at the bar. Fathers of the city, the aldermen. Father of the Faithful. Abraham. Mohammed, or one of the sultans, his successors. Father of the house, the member of a legislative body who has had the longest continuous service. most Reverend Father in God, a title given to archbishops and metropolitans, as to the archbishops of Canterbury and York. Natural father, the father of an illegitimate child. Putative father, one who is presumed to be the father of an illegitimate child; the supposed father. Spiritual father. A religious teacher or guide, especially. One instrumental in leading a soul to God. The pope. Origin: OE. Fader, AS. Faeder; akin to OS. Fadar, D. Vader, OHG. Fatar, G. Vater, Icel. Fair Sw. & Dan. Fader, OIr. Athir, L. Pater, Gr, Skr. Pitr, perh. Fr. Skr. Pa protect,. Cf. Papa, Paternal, Patriot, Potential, Pablum. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Father

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fathead minnows
father-bother merger
father-child relations
father complex
father figure
father figures
father in law
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Literary usage of Father

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Hamlet by William Shakespeare (1905)
"Through the sudden death of his father, and its attendant circumstances, Hamlet was thrown into a state of excitement so intense, and dwelt upon his ..."

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