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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 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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