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Meaning & Definition of Father in English

English

Father

/fɑðər/

noun

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

  • "His father was born in atlanta"
    synonym:
  • father
  • ,
  • male parent
  • ,
  • begetter

2. The founder of a family

  • "Keep the faith of our forefathers"
    synonym:
  • forefather
  • ,
  • father
  • ,
  • 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
    synonym:
  • Father
  • ,
  • 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
    synonym:
  • Church Father
  • ,
  • Father of the Church
  • ,
  • Father

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"
    synonym:
  • father

6. God when considered as the first person in the trinity

  • "Hear our prayers, heavenly father"
    synonym:
  • Father
  • ,
  • Father-God
  • ,
  • Fatherhood

7. A person who founds or establishes some institution

  • "George washington is the father of his country"
    synonym:
  • founder
  • ,
  • beginner
  • ,
  • founding father
  • ,
  • father

8. The head of an organized crime family

    synonym:
  • don
  • ,
  • father

verb

1. Make children

  • "Abraham begot isaac"
  • "Men often father children but don't recognize them"
    synonym:
  • beget
  • ,
  • get
  • ,
  • engender
  • ,
  • father
  • ,
  • mother
  • ,
  • sire
  • ,
  • generate
  • ,
  • bring forth

Examples of using

My father thinks that he's always right.
He was in a hurry to see his father.
My father listens to classical music.