fatherfa‧ther1 /ˈfɑːðə $ -ər/ ●●●S1W1 noun [countable]1parentSSFFATHER a maleparentAsk your father to help you.Andrew was very excited about becoming a father.He’s been like a father to me.a father of two/three/four etc (=a man with two, three etc children)The driver, a father of four, escaped uninjured.Steve recently became the proud father of a 7lb 12oz baby girl.2 →Father3 →fathers4 →Father5 →the father of something6 →from father to son7 →like father like son8 →a bit of how’s your father →city fathers, founding fatherTHESAURUSfather a male parentMy father’s a doctor.He’s a father of three.dad informal used when talking to your father, or about someone’s fatherCan I borrow your car, Dad?Her dad retired ten years ago.My dad was in the army.daddy a name for father, which is used especially by young children or when you are talking to young childrenWhere’s your daddy?Daddy, can I have a drink, please?pop American English informal (also pa old-fashioned) used when talking to your father, or about someone’s fatherI helped Pop fix the gate this morning.Can I help, Pa?He is in New York with his Pop’s credit card, eating all the ice cream and pizza the city has to offer.papa old-fashioned informal used when talking to your father, or about someone’s fatherPapa had forbidden me to go.She saw her papa’s face change at this news. somebody’s old man informal someone’s father – used when talking about him in a way that is not very respectfulHis old man wouldn’t let him use the car.stepfather (also stepdad informal) a man who is married to your mother, who is not your father but often acts as your parentHer stepfather is really nice.
Heavenly Father• Amen Heavenly Father, we pray for the talks about peace in the MiddleEast.• The Umpire - it had to be Heavenly Father!• But Heavenly Father is out of earshot.• What has happened is nothing short of a miracle; Heavenly Father has heard our prayers.• Tell Heavenly Father what was in your heart of hearts.• I thankHeavenly Father, for it is the only escape I can think of.• In a vision given to one of his followers, the Heavenly Father stated that the Biblecontainederrors.fatherfather2 verb [transitive]1BABY/HAVE A BABYto become the father of a child by making a woman pregnantHodgkins fathered seven children.2START something/MAKE something START formal to start an important new idea or systemBevan fathered the concept of the National Health Service. →father something on somebody→ See Verb table
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father• Taylor denies fathering her 4-month-old son.• Elephantseals are so severely sieved that in each generation a handful of males father all the offspring.• An apparentsuicidenote found in the house on the day she died claimed the child had been fathered by another man.• Bill was told he would never be able to father children.• He fathered eight daughters and three sons.• All the portraits in this book show men who father from the heart, but none more than this one.• He fathered nine children with four women and the unpaid amounts totaled $ 25,000.• In other versions, Zeus rapes Demeter and fathers Persephone.• I do not know how I can have fathered such children.• Roosevelt fathered the concept of SocialSecurity.• Unfortunately, Edison was not himself a musician, and the technology he fathered was never used for mass-producing seriousmusicalrecords.Originfather1Old Englishfæder