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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 pick them up from school. [as form of address] formal or old-fashioned Please may I go, Father?
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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.
Translations of “father”
in Arabic أَبّ, والِد…
in Korean 아버지…
in Malaysian bapa, paderi…
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 Vietnamese cha, bố, cha cố…
in Spanish padre…
in Portuguese pai…
in Thai บิดา, พระในศาสนาคริสต์, ผู้ริเริ่ม…
in German der Vater, der Pater, der Urheber…
in Catalan pare…
in Japanese 父, お父さん…
in Indonesian ayah, Romo, bapak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 父亲,爸爸…
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