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father

noun [C] uk   /ˈfɑː.ðər/ us    /-ðɚ/

father noun [C] (PARENT)

A1 a male parent: My father took me to watch the football every Saturday. The children's father came to collect them from school. [as form of address] formal or old-fashioned Please may I go, Father?

father noun [C] (IN RELIGION)

(also Father, written abbreviation Fr) (the title of) a Christian priest, especially a Roman Catholic or Orthodox priest: Father O'Reilly [as form of address] Are you giving a sermon, Father? (also Father) a name for the Christian God: God the Father Our Father, who art in heaven...

father

verb [T] uk   /ˈfɑː.ðər/ us    /-ðɚ/
to become the father of a child by making a woman pregnant: He's fathered three children.
(Definition of father from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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