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father

The verb father means to make children. If your dog, Tramp, fathers three puppies with the neighbor's dog, Lady, he is their father.

A father is a male parent. Everyone has a biological father, even if they're not raised by him. You might call your father Dad, Daddy, Papa, Pops, or even Father. A man who helped found something, or invent it, can be called the father of that entity or invention. George Washington is considered a father of the United States, and Alexander Graham Bell is often referred to as the father of the telephone.

Definitions of father
  1. noun
    a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father)
    “his father was born in Atlanta”
    synonyms: begetter, male parent
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    Antonyms:
    female parent, mother
    a woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother)
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    dad, dada, daddy, pa, papa, pappa, pop
    an informal term for a father; probably derived from baby talk
    father-in-law
    the father of your spouse
    old man
    an informal term for your father
    pater
    an informal use of the Latin word for father; sometimes used by British schoolboys or used facetiously
    type of:
    parent
    a father or mother; one who begets or one who gives birth to or nurtures and raises a child; a relative who plays the role of guardian
  2. noun
    the founder of a family
    synonyms: forefather, sire
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    patriarch
    any of the early biblical characters regarded as fathers of the human race
    antediluvian, antediluvian patriarch
    any of the early patriarchs who lived prior to the Noachian deluge
    Jacob
    (Old Testament) son of Isaac; brother of Esau; father of the twelve patriarchs of Israel; Jacob wrestled with God and forced God to bless him, so God gave Jacob the new name of Israel (meaning `one who has been strong against God')
    Simeon
    (Old Testament) the 2nd son of Jacob and one of the 12 patriarchs of Israel
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    ancestor, antecedent, ascendant, ascendent, root
    someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
  3. noun
    a person who founds or establishes some institution
    “George Washington is the father of his country”
    synonyms: beginner, founder, founding father
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    cofounder
    one of a group of founders
    coloniser, colonizer
    someone who helps to found a colony
    foundress
    a woman founder
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    conceiver, mastermind, originator
    someone who creates new things
  4. noun
    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”
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    type of:
    leader
    a person who rules or guides or inspires others
  5. noun
    the head of an organized crime family
    synonyms: don
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    type of:
    chief, head, top dog
    a person who is in charge
  6. verb
    make children
    synonyms: beget, bring forth, engender, generate, get, mother, sire
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    type of:
    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
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