|1.||[ noun ] a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father)|
"his father was born in Atlanta"
|Related terms:||mother mother parent dad old_man father-in-law beget|
|2.||[ noun ] (religion,theology) an early writer accepted as an authority on the teachings and practices of the Christian church|
|Related terms:||theologian authority john_chrysostom basil Augustine eusebius_hieronymus gregory_nazianzen Christianity|
|3.||[ verb ] make children|
|Synonyms:||sire beget generate bring_forth mother engender get|
"Abraham begot Isaac" "Men often father children but don't recognize them"
|Related terms:||make mother generation forefather sire|
|4.||[ noun ] (Roman Catholic,religion,Christianity) `Father' is a term of address for priests in some churches (especially the Roman Catholic Church or the Orthodox Catholic Church); `Padre' is frequently used in the military|
|5.||[ noun ] the founder of a family|
"keep the faith of our forefathers"
|Related terms:||ancestor patriarch beget|
|6.||[ noun ] a person who holds an important or distinguished position in some organization|
"the tennis fathers ruled in her favor" "the city fathers endorsed the proposal"
|7.||[ noun ] (religion,Christianity) God when considered as the first person in the Trinity|
"hear our prayers, Heavenly Father"
|8.||[ noun ] the head of an organized crime family|
|9.||[ noun ] (work) a person who founds or establishes some institution|
|Synonyms:||founder founding_father beginner|
"George Washington is the father of his country"
|Related terms:||originator cofounder foundress colonizer begin|