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NOUN (8)

1. a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father);
- Example: "his father was born in Atlanta"
[syn: father, male parent, begetter]

2. the founder of a family;
- Example: "keep the faith of our forefathers"
[syn: 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;
[syn: 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;
[syn: Church Father, Father of the Church, Father]

5. a person who holds an important or distinguished position in some organization;
- Example: "the tennis fathers ruled in her favor"
- Example: "the city fathers endorsed the proposal"

6. God when considered as the first person in the Trinity;
- Example: "hear our prayers, Heavenly Father"
[syn: Father, Father-God, Fatherhood]

7. a person who founds or establishes some institution;
- Example: "George Washington is the father of his country"
[syn: founder, beginner, founding father, father]

8. the head of an organized crime family;
[syn: don, father]


VERB (1)

1. make children;
- Example: "Abraham begot Isaac"
- Example: "Men often father children but don't recognize them"
[syn: beget, get, engender, father, mother, sire, generate, bring forth]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Father \Fa"ther\ (f[aum]"[th][~e]r), n. [OE. fader, AS. f[ae]der; akin to OS. fadar, D. vader, OHG. fatar, G. vater, Icel. fa[eth]ir Sw. & Dan. fader, OIr. athir, L. pater, Gr. path`r, Skr. pitr, perh. fr. Skr. p[=a] protect. [root]75, 247. Cf. Papa, Paternal, Patriot, Potential, Pablum.] 1. One who has begotten a child, whether son or daughter; a generator; a male parent. [1913 Webster] A wise son maketh a glad father. --Prov. x. 1. [1913 Webster] 2. A male ancestor more remote than a parent; a progenitor; especially, a first ancestor; a founder of a race or family; -- in the plural, fathers, ancestors. [1913 Webster] David slept with his fathers. --1 Kings ii. 10. [1913 Webster] Abraham, who is the father of us all. --Rom. iv. 16. [1913 Webster] 3. One who performs the offices of a parent by maintenance, affetionate care, counsel, or protection. [1913 Webster] I was a father to the poor. --Job xxix. 16. [1913 Webster] He hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house. --Gen. xiv. 8. [1913 Webster] 4. A respectful mode of address to an old man. [1913 Webster] And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him [Elisha], . . . and said, O my father, my father! --2 Kings xiii. 14. [1913 Webster] 5. A senator of ancient Rome. [1913 Webster] 6. A dignitary of the church, a superior of a convent, a confessor (called also father confessor), or a priest; also, the eldest member of a profession, or of a legislative assembly, etc. [1913 Webster] Bless you, good father friar ! --Shak. [1913 Webster] 7. One of the chief ecclesiastical authorities of the first centuries after Christ; -- often spoken of collectively as the Fathers; as, the Latin, Greek, or apostolic Fathers. [1913 Webster] 8. One who, or that which, gives origin; an originator; a producer, author, or contriver; the first to practice any art, profession, or occupation; a distinguished example or teacher. [1913 Webster] The father of all such as handle the harp and organ. --Gen. iv. 21. [1913 Webster] Might be the father, Harry, to that thought. --Shak. [1913 Webster] The father of good news. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 9. The Supreme Being and Creator; God; in theology, the first person in the Trinity. [1913 Webster] Our Father, which art in heaven. --Matt. vi. 9. [1913 Webster] Now had the almighty Father from above . . . Bent down his eye. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Adoptive father, one who adopts the child of another, treating it as his own. Apostolic father, Conscript fathers, etc. See under Apostolic, Conscript, etc. Father in God, a title given to bishops. Father of lies, the Devil. Father of the bar, the oldest practitioner at the bar. Fathers of the city, the aldermen. Father of the Faithful. (a) Abraham. --Rom. iv. --Gal. iii. 6-9. (b) Mohammed, or one of the sultans, his successors. Father of the house, the member of a legislative body who has had the longest continuous service. Most Reverend Father in God, a title given to archbishops and metropolitans, as to the archbishops of Canterbury and York. Natural father, the father of an illegitimate child. Putative father, one who is presumed to be the father of an illegitimate child; the supposed father. Spiritual father. (a) A religious teacher or guide, esp. one instrumental in leading a soul to God. (b) (R. C. Ch.) A priest who hears confession in the sacrament of penance. The Holy Father (R. C. Ch.), the pope. [1913 Webster]
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]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

father n 1: a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father); "his father was born in Atlanta" [syn: father, male parent, begetter] [ant: female parent, mother] 2: the founder of a family; "keep the faith of our forefathers" [syn: 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 [syn: 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 [syn: 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" 6: God when considered as the first person in the Trinity; "hear our prayers, Heavenly Father" [syn: Father, Father-God, Fatherhood] 7: a person who founds or establishes some institution; "George Washington is the father of his country" [syn: founder, beginner, founding father, father] 8: the head of an organized crime family [syn: don, father] v 1: make children; "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them" [syn: beget, get, engender, father, mother, sire, generate, bring forth]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

40 Moby Thesaurus words for "Father": Ambrose of Milan, Athanasius, Barnabas, Basil, Brother, Clement of Alexandria, Clement of Rome, Cyprian of Carthage, Cyril of Jerusalem, Dom, Gregory of Nyssa, Hermas, His Grace, His Holiness, His Reverence, Holiness, Ignatius, Irenaeus, Jerome, John, John Chrysostom, Justin Martyr, Lactantius Firmianus, Luke, Mark, Monsignor, Mother, Origen, Papias, Paul, Peter, Polycarp, Rabbi, Sister, Tertullian, ante-Nicene Fathers, apostle, disciple, evangelist, saint
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

260 Moby Thesaurus words for "father": Establishment, VIP, abba, abbe, affiliate to, agent, ancestor, ancestors, apprentice, architect, artificer, artist, aunt, auntie, author, baron, bear, beget, begetter, beginner, big gun, big man, big name, bigwig, birth, blood brother, brass, brass hat, breed, breed true, brethren, bring about, bring forth, bring to birth, bring to effect, bring to pass, brother, bub, bubba, bud, buddy, builder, cassock, catalyst, cause, causer, celebrity, chaplain, clergyman, conceive, conceiver, confessor, constructor, copulate, country cousin, cousin, cousin once removed, cousin twice removed, craftsman, create, creator, crossbreed, cure, dad, daddy, daughter, dean, derive from, designer, deviser, dignitary, dignity, discoverer, do, doyen, doyenne, effect, effector, effectuate, elder, eldest, encourager, engender, engenderer, engineer, establish, executor, executrix, father confessor, father in Christ, figure, filiate to, first cousin, first-born, firstling, forebear, forefather, foster brother, foster father, found, founder, frame, framer, frater, gallach, generate, generator, genitor, gestate, get, give birth to, give occasion to, give origin to, give rise to, governor, grandnephew, grandniece, granduncle, great man, great-aunt, great-uncle, grower, half brother, hatch, important person, inaugurate, inaugurator, inbreed, industrialist, initiate, initiator, inspirer, instigator, institute, institutor, interests, introducer, invent, inventor, journeyman, kid brother, lion, lords of creation, magnate, make, make love, maker, man of mark, manufacturer, master, master craftsman, minister, mogul, mother, motor, mover, multiply, nabob, name, nephew, niece, notability, notable, nuncle, nunks, nunky, occasion, old boy, old man, older, oldest, organizer, originate, originator, outbreed, pa, padre, panjandrum, pap, papa, pappy, parent, parish priest, parson, past master, pastor, pater, paterfamilias, patriarch, penitentiary, person of renown, personage, personality, pillar of society, planner, pop, pops, power, power elite, precursor, presbyter, priest, prime mover, primogenitor, primum mobile, procreate, produce, producer, progenerate, progenitor, proliferate, promoter, propagate, raiser, realize, realizer, reproduce in kind, ruling circle, sachem, second cousin, senior, set afloat, set on foot, set up, shaper, shepherd, sire, sis, sissy, sister, sister-german, sistern, sky pilot, smith, soil, somebody, something, son, spawn, spiritual director, spiritual father, stepbrother, stepfather, stepsister, supporter, the great, the old man, the top, top brass, top people, trace to, tycoon, unc, uncle, uncs, uterine brother, very important person, work, worthy, wright
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Father a name applied (1) to any ancestor (Deut. 1:11; 1 Kings 15:11; Matt. 3:9; 23:30, etc.); and (2) as a title of respect to a chief, ruler, or elder, etc. (Judg. 17:10; 18:19; 1 Sam. 10:12; 2 Kings 2:12; Matt. 23:9, etc.). (3) The author or beginner of anything is also so called; e.g., Jabal and Jubal (Gen. 4:20, 21; comp. Job 38:28). Applied to God (Ex. 4:22; Deut. 32:6; 2 Sam. 7:14; Ps. 89:27, 28, etc.). (1.) As denoting his covenant relation to the Jews (Jer. 31:9; Isa. 63:16; 64:8; John 8:41, etc.). (2.) Believers are called God's "sons" (John 1:12; Rom. 8:16; Matt. 6:4, 8, 15, 18; 10:20, 29). They also call him "Father" (Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:3; 2 Cor. 1:2; Gal. 1:4)
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

FATHER. PUTATIVE. A reputed father. Vide Putative father.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

FATHER, domestic relations. He by whom a child is begotten. 2. A father is the natural guardian of his children, and his duty by the natural law consists in maintaining them and educating them during their infancy, and making a necessary provision for their happiness in life. This latter, however, is a duty which the law does not enforce. 3. By law, the father is bound to support his children, if of sufficient ability, even though they have property of their own. 1 Bro. C. C. 387; 4 Mass. R. 97; 2 Mass. R. 415 5 Rawle, 323. But he is not bound, without some agreement, to pay another for maintaining them; 9 C. & P. 497; nor is he bound to pay their debts, unless he has authorized them to be contracted. 38 E. C. L. R. 195, n. See 8 Watts, R. 366 1 Craig. & Phil. 317; Bind; Nother; Parent. This obligation ceases as soon as the child becomes of age, unless he becomes chargeable to the public. 1 Ld. Ray. 699. 4. The rights of the father are authority over his children, to enforce all his lawful commands, and to correct with moderation his children for disobedience. A father may delegate his power over the person of his child to a tutor or instructor, the better to accomplish the purposes of his education. This power ceases on the arrival of the child at the age of twenty-one years. Generally, the father is entitled to the services of his children during their minority. 4 S. & R. 207; Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.