fa|ther1 W1S1 [ˈfa:ðə US -ər] n
3 fathers
5 the father of something
6 from father to son
7 like father like son
8 a bit of how's your father
[: Old English; Origin: fAder]
1.) ¦(PARENT)¦
a male parent
Ask 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.) ¦(PRIEST)¦
a priest, especially in the Roman Catholic church
I have sinned, Father.
Father Devlin
3.) fathers [plural]
people related to you who lived a long time ago
= ↑ancestors
Our fathers were exiles from their native land.
4.) ¦(GOD)¦
a way of talking to or talking about God, used in the Christian religion
our Heavenly Father
5.) the father of sth
the man who was responsible for starting something
Freud is the father of psychoanalysis.
6.) from father to son
if property or skill passes from father to son, children receive it or learn it from their parents
This is a district where old crafts are handed down from father to son.
7.) like father like son
used to say that a boy behaves like his father, especially when this behaviour is bad
8.) a bit of how's your father
BrE informal the act of having sex - used humorously
father 2
father2 v [T]
1.) to become the father of a child by making a woman ↑pregnant
Hodgkins fathered seven children.
2.) formal to start an important new idea or system
Bevan fathered the concept of the National Health Service.
father on [father sth on sb] phr v
formal to claim that someone is responsible for something when they are not
A collection of Irish stories was fathered on him.

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