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fathernoun [C]

 us   /ˈfɑð·ər/
a ​maleparent: 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 ​Christianpriest, esp. a ​RomanCatholic, ​Episcopal, or ​Orthodoxpriest: Father Randall Are you giving a ​sermon, Father?
fatherhood
noun [U]  us   /ˈfɑð·ərˌhʊd/
Fatherhood is a ​lifelongresponsibility.

fatherverb [T]

 us   /ˈfɑð·ər/
to ​become a father by causing a woman to ​produce a ​child: to father ​twins
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"father" in British English

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fathernoun [C]

uk   /ˈfɑː.ðər/  us /ˈfɑː.ðɚ/
  • father noun [C] (PARENT)

A1 a ​maleparent: 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 ​Christianpriest, ​especially a ​RomanCatholic or Orthodox ​priest: Father O'Reilly [as form of address] Are you giving a ​sermon, Father?
(also Father) a ​name for the ​ChristianGod: God the Father Our Father, who ​art in ​heaven...

fatherverb [T]

uk   /ˈfɑː.ðər/  us /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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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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