A father plays with his child.
- Father is defined as a man who has impregnated a woman and had a child.
An example of a father is a man with a son.
- The definition of a father is defined as a priest in some religions, such as the Catholic church.
An example of father is a catholic priest.
- To father means to impregnate a woman.
An example of father is when you and your wife conceive a baby.
- a man who has begotten a child; esp., a man as he is related to his child or children
- a stepfather
- an adoptive father
- a father-in-law
- the male parent of a plant or animal
- a person regarded as a male parent; protector
- God, or God as the first person in the Trinity
- a forefather; ancestor: usually used in pl.
- an originator, founder, or inventor
- any man deserving of respect or reverence because of age, position, etc.
- a senator of ancient Rome
- any of the leaders of a city, assembly, etc.: usually used in pl.
- any of the early Christian religious writers considered reliable authorities on the doctrines and teachings of the Church
- a Christian priest: used esp. as a title
Origin of fatherMiddle English fader ; from Old English fæder, akin to Old Norse fathir, Old High German fater, Gothic fadar ; from Indo-European an unverified form p?t?r from source Classical Latin pater, Classical Greek pat?r, Sanskrit pitár: ultimately origin probably echoic of baby talk, as in papa, Hindi b?b?
- to be the father of; beget
- to look after or care for as a father does
- to bring into being; found, originate, or invent
- to take the responsibility for
- a. A male whose sperm unites with an egg, producing an embryo.b. A male whose impregnation of a female results in the birth of a child.c. A man who adopts a child.d. A man who raises a child.
- A male parent of an animal.
- A male ancestor: He has died and now sleeps with his fathers.
- a. A man who creates, originates, or founds something: Chaucer is considered the father of English poetry.b. A man who serves or is thought of as a protector: beloved as the father of the nation.
- Father Christianity a. God.b. The first person of the Christian Trinity.
- a. An elderly or venerable man. Used as a title of respect.b. One of the leading men, as of a city: the town fathers.c. or Father A church father.d. A member of the senate in ancient Rome.
- Abbr. Fr.a. A priest or clergyman in the Roman Catholic or Anglican churches.b. Used as a title and form of address with or without the clergyman's name.
verbfa·thered, fa·ther·ing, fa·thers
- a. To provide the sperm that unites with an egg to produce (an embryo, fetus, or child).b. To act or serve as a father to (a child).
- To create, found, or originate: father a political movement.
- To attribute the paternity, creation, or origin of: “[Swift's] ideas about the education of the young are fathered on to the Lilliputians” (George Orwell).
Origin of fatherMiddle English fader, from Old English fæder; see p&schwa;ter- in Indo-European roots.
- A (generally human) male who begets a child.
- My father was a strong influence on me.
- My friend Tony just became a father.
- A male ancestor more remote than a parent; a progenitor; especially, a first ancestor.
- A term of respectful address for an elderly man.
- Come, father; you can sit here.
- A term of respectful address for a priest.
- A person who plays the role of a father in some way.
- My brother was a father to me after my parents got divorced.
- The child is father to the man.
- The founder of a discipline or science.
- Albert Einstein is the father of modern physics.
- A senator of Ancient Rome.
(third-person singular simple present fathers, present participle fathering, simple past and past participle fathered)
From Middle English fader, from Old English fæder, from Proto-Germanic *fadēr (compare West Frisian faar, North Frisian faaðer, Low German Fader, Dutch vader, German Vater, Danish fader), from Proto-Indo-European *ph₂tḗr (compare Irish athair, Tocharian A pācar, B pācer, Persian پدر (pedar), Lithuanian patinas 'male animal'), akin to Latin pater, akin to Ancient Greek πατήρ (patēr), akin to Armenian հայր (hayr), akin to Sankskrit पितृ (pitṛ, “father”).
- (Christianity) God, the father of Creation
- A title given to priests.
- Father Thomas was a good priest.
- One of the chief ecclesiastical authorities of the first centuries after Christ.
- the Latin, Greek, or apostolic Fathers
- One's father.
- I will only do what Father asks.
- (Wicca) One of the triune gods of the Horned God in Wicca, representing a man, younger than the elderly Sage and older than the boyish Master.
- (Wicca): Mother