father: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (fä'ur), [key]
- a male parent.
- a father-in-law, stepfather, or adoptive father.
- any male ancestor, esp. the founder of a race, family, or line; progenitor.
- a man who exercises paternal care over other persons; paternal protector or provider: a father to the poor.
- a person who has originated or established something: the father of modern psychology; the founding fathers.
- a precursor, prototype, or early form: The horseless carriage was the father of the modern automobile.
- one of the leading men in a city, town, etc.: a scandal involving several of the city fathers.
- the oldest member of a society, profession, etc. Cf. dean (def. 3).
- a priest.
- (cap.)the Supreme Being and Creator; God.
- a title of respect for an elderly man.
- the first person of the Trinity.
- Also called any of the chief early Christian writers, whose works are the main sources for the history, doctrines, and observances of the church in the early ages.
- (often cap.) a title of reverence, as for church dignitaries, officers of monasteries, monks, confessors, and esp. priests.
- a person bearing this title.
- to beget.
- to be the creator, founder, or author of; originate.
- to act as a father toward.
- to acknowledge oneself the father of.
- to assume as one's own; take the responsibility of.
- to charge with the begetting of.
- to perform the tasks or duties of a male parent; act paternally: Somehow he was able to write a book while fathering.
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