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  1. fa·ther
    IPA[ˈfäT͟Hər]
  2. noun

    verb

    • 1. (of a man) cause a pregnancy resulting in the birth of (a child):

      he fathered three children
      Synonym : be the father of, sire, engender, generate, bring into being, bring into the world, give life to, spawn, procreate, reproduce, breed, beget
    • 2. treat with the protective care associated with a father.

    • 3. be the source or originator of:

      a culture which has fathered half the popular music in the world
    • 4. assign the paternity of a child or responsibility for a book, idea, or action to:

      a collection of Irish stories was fathered on him
    • 5. appear as or admit that one is the father or originator of:

      a singular letter from a lady, requesting I would father a novel of hers
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: father, plural noun: fathers

    • noun

      a man in relation to his child or children:

      a male animal in relation to its offspring.

    • verb

      (of a man) cause a pregnancy resulting in the birth of (a child):

      treat with the protective care associated with a father.

    • abbreviation

      Father (as a courtesy title of priests):

      France.

    • symbol

      the chemical element francium.
    • abbreviation

      franc(s).
    • abbreviation

      Father (as a courtesy title of priests):
    • symbol

      the chemical element francium.
    • abbreviation

      franc(s).
    • noun

      a person who starts or helps to start a movement or institution:

      a member of the convention that drew up the US Constitution in 1787.

    • noun

      a priest who hears confessions and gives absolution and spiritual counsel:

      a person, typically an older man, to whom one confides private matters:

    • noun

      an older man who is respected for his paternal qualities and may be an emotional substitute for a father:
    • noun

      a member of the Society of Missionaries of Africa, a Roman Catholic order founded in Algiers in 1868.
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