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father

noun [C]  /ˈfɑð·ər/ us  
a male parent: My father retired seven years ago.the father of If you describe a man as the father of something, you mean that he began it, or first made it important: Freud was the father of psychoanalysis. ( also Father) The title Father is used by a Christian priest, esp. a Roman Catholic, Episcopal, or Orthodox priest: Father Randall Are you giving a sermon, Father?
fatherhood
noun [U]  /ˈfɑð·ərˌhʊd/ us  
Fatherhood is a lifelong responsibility.

father

verb [T]  /ˈfɑð·ər/ us  
to become a father by causing a woman to produce a child: to father twins
Translations of “father”
in Korean 아버지…
in Arabic أَبّ, والِد…
in French père, (révérend) Père…
in Turkish baba…
in Italian padre…
in Chinese (Traditional) 父親,爸爸…
in Russian отец…
in Polish ojciec…
in Spanish padre…
in Portuguese pai…
in German der Vater, der Pater, der Urheber…
in Catalan pare…
in Japanese 父, お父さん…
in Chinese (Simplified) 父亲,爸爸…
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