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fathernoun [C]

uk   /ˈfɑː.ðər/ /ˈfɑː.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...

fatherverb [T]

uk   /ˈfɑː.ðər/ /ˈfɑː.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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"father" in American English

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fathernoun [C]

us   /ˈfɑð·ər/
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] us   /ˈfɑð·ərˌhʊd/
Fatherhood is a lifelong responsibility.

fatherverb [T]

us   /ˈfɑð·ər/
to become a father by causing a woman to produce a child: to father twins
(Definition of father from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “father”
in Korean 아버지…
in Arabic أَبّ, والِد…
in Malaysian bapa, paderi…
in French père, (révérend) Père…
in Russian отец…
in Chinese (Traditional) 父親,爸爸…
in Italian padre…
in Turkish baba…
in Polish ojciec…
in Spanish padre…
in Vietnamese cha, bố, cha cố…
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 Chinese (Simplified) 父亲,爸爸…
in Indonesian ayah, Romo, bapak…
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