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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Father \Fa"ther\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fathered; p. pr. & vb. n. Fathering.] 1. To make one's self the father of; to beget. [1913 Webster] Cowards father cowards, and base things sire base. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To take as one's own child; to adopt; hence, to assume as one's own work; to acknowledge one's self author of or responsible for (a statement, policy, etc.). [1913 Webster] Men of wit Often fathered what he writ. --Swift. [1913 Webster] 3. To provide with a father. [R.] [1913 Webster] Think you I am no stronger than my sex, Being so fathered and so husbanded ? --Shak. [1913 Webster] To father on or To father upon, to ascribe to, or charge upon, as one's offspring or work; to put or lay upon as being responsible. "Nothing can be so uncouth or extravagant, which may not be fathered on some fetch of wit, or some caprice of humor." --Barrow. [1913 Webster]