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Definitions of father

  1. make children; " Abraham begot Isaac"; " Men often father children but don't recognize them"
  2. a male parent ( also used as a term of address to your father); " his father was born in Atlanta"
  3. a person who founds or establishes some institution; " George Washington is the father of his country"
  4. an early writer accepted as an authority on the teachings and practices of the Christian church
  5. God when considered as the first person in the Trinity; " hear our prayers, Heavenly Father"
  6. ` Father' is a term of address for priests in some churches ( especially Roman or Orthodox Catholic); ` Padre' is frequently used in the military
  7. 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"
  8. the founder of a family; " keep the faith of our forefathers"
  9. ( Christianity) any of about 70 theologians in the period from the 2nd to the 7th century whose writing established and confirmed official church doctrine; in the Roman Catholic Church some were later declared saints and became Doctor of the Church.
  10. the head of an organized crime family
  11. ` 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
  12. One who has begotten a child, whether son or daughter; a generator; a male parent.
  13. One who performs the offices of a parent by maintenance, affetionate care, counsel, or protection.
  14. A respectful mode of address to an old man.
  15. A senator of ancient Rome.
  16. A dignitary of the church, a superior of a convent, a confessor ( called also father confessor), or a priest; also, the eldest member of a profession, or of a legislative assembly, etc.
  17. One who, or that which, gives origin; an originator; a producer, author, or contriver; the first to practice any art, profession, or occupation; a distinguished example or teacher.
  18. The Supreme Being and Creator; God; in theology, the first person in the Trinity.
  19. To make one's self the father of; to beget.
  20. To take as one's own child; to adopt; hence, to assume as one's own work; to acknowledge one's self author of or responsible for ( a statement, policy, etc.).
  21. To provide with a father.
  22. A male ancestor more remote than a parent; a progenitor; especially, a first ancestor; a founder of a race or family; - in the plural, fathers, ancestors.
  23. One of the chief esslesiastical authorities of the first centuries after Christ; - often spoken of collectively as the Fathers; as, the Latin, Greek, or apostolic Fathers.
  24. Male parents, human or animal.
  25. A male perent or ancestor; one who stands in the relation of a father; an originator or founder; the official title of a dignitary, priest, or confessor of the Roman Catholic Church; the senior member of any class, profession, or body; a religious writer of the Early Christian Church.
  26. To adopt as a son or daughter; to assume authorship of or accept responsibility for; as, to father a bill in Congress: Father, the Creator; God.
  27. A male parent; an ancestor or forether; a contiriver or originator; a title of respect; an ecclesiastical writer of the early centuries; the first Person of the Trinity; the eldest member of any profession, or of any body; as, father of the bar, the oldest barrister; father of the church, the clergyman who has longest held office; father of the House of Representatives, the mebmer who has been longest in the HOUSE.
  28. A male parent; ancestor; originator; early writer of the Church; first Person of the Trinity.
  29. To adopt.
  30. To charge the responsibility for; with on or upon.
  31. The male parent of a child.
  32. Any male ancestor; forefather; patriarch.
  33. A venerable man; priest; clergyman; ancient church writer; author; founder.
  34. The Deity; God; the first person in the Trinity.
  35. A male parent; a forefather; an appellation of respect to an old man; one who exercises paternal care over another; a contriver or originator; the first person in the Trinity; the title given to dignitaries of the Church, superiors of convents, and to Roman Catholic confessors; the senior member of a profession.
  36. To adopt; to profess to be the author of; to ascribe or charge to one as his offspring or production. Adoptive father, he who adopts the children of another and acknowledges them as his own. Putative father, the supposed father. Fathers of the Church, the ecclesiastical writers of the first centuries. Conscript fathers, the senators of Rome.
  37. A male parent; the first ancestor; a common title, applied to a protector, deliverer, or supporter; God the Creator; a name given to Rom. Cath. priests.
  38. To ascribe or charge to one as his offspring or production; to adopt anything as one's own.
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Quotes of father

  1. Father asked us what was God's noblest work. Anna said men, but I said babies. Men are often bad, but babies never are. – Louisa May Alcott
  2. Men who live valiantly and die nobly have a strength and a courage from the eternal Father – Josephus Daniels
  3. George Burns was the father I never had. – Bobby Darin
  4. I have been surrounded by artists and paintings throughout my life. My father Ted Dyer is an artist, and from a very early age I have spent time painting and drawing. – John Dyer
  5. We are celebrating the feast of the Eternal Birth which God the Father has borne and never ceases to bear in all eternity... But if it takes not place in me, what avails it? Everything lies in this, that it should take place in me. – Meister Eckhart
  6. You come on as a guest. You don't get the girl anymore. But that is our lives. You start off as the boyfriend, then you are the lover, then you are the husband, then you are the father and then you are the grandfather. – Albert Finney
  7. This is a race in a heavily Democratic state that, for a Republican candidate, will require full -time devotion in order to win... I could not be a senator and a father during this campaign. I could only be a candidate. – Peter G. Fitzgerald
  8. I had a mixture, my father was a career army man and my mother was a writer. – Bill Griffith
  9. On October 28th, 1887, I became the mother of a girl baby, the very image of its father at least that is what he said, but who has the temper of its mother. – Calamity Jane
  10. I know who I am as a person, as a father and as a husband. – Brian Littrell
  11. The more I grow as an artist, the more I think I become like my father as an artist. The more I diversify, the more I become like my father which is true to who he was. – Ziggy Marley
  12. While it is important for people to see your promise you must also remember that hope is the keeper of both happiness and disappointment, the father of both progress and failure. – Bryant H. McGill
  13. My parents had a wonderful marriage, but it was a very dependent relationship. My mother was entirely dependent on my father because that's how it was in those days. – Erika Slezak
  14. My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. – Jim Valvano
  15. My father was on the faculty in the Chemistry Department of Harvard University; my mother had one year of graduate work in physics before her marriage. – Kenneth G. Wilson

Usage examples for father

  1. " You are very kind, I am sure, but does your father know? – Dr. Jolliffe's Boys by Lewis Hough
  2. What did her father mean to do? – The Belovéd Traitor by Frank L. Packard
  3. I will see your father this very night. – Little Novels of Italy Madonna Of The Peach-Tree, Ippolita In The Hills, The Duchess Of Nona, Messer Cino And The Live Coal, The Judgment Of Borso by Maurice Henry Hewlett
  4. It must have been her father – Hypatia or, New Foes with an Old Face by Charles Kingsley
  5. Dear father do not you see how it is? – Famous Stories Every Child Should Know by Various
  6. But I do know that her father has seen her; for he told me about it. – From the Valley of the Missing by Grace Miller White
  7. I thought of you, father – The Waif of the "Cynthia" by André Laurie and Jules Verne
  8. Tell me- you are her father what shall I do?" – One Maid's Mischief by George Manville Fenn
  9. " You will stay with your father Neal," he said. – The Northern Iron 1907 by George A. Birmingham
  10. I in the Father and the Father in me. – The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit by Ralph Waldo Trine
  11. " You will miss father said the girl. – Short Cruises by W.W. Jacobs
  12. But I'm old enough to be your father anyway. – The Knave of Diamonds by Ethel May Dell
  13. And, father I can't come back." – Together by Robert Herrick (1868-1938)
  14. Well, father what news? – The Squire's Daughter by Silas K(itto) Hocking
  15. With Father and so does as she knows will please him best. – Other Things Being Equal by Emma Wolf
  16. Is a man a father – A Selection from the Discourses of Epictetus With the Encheiridion by Epictetus
  17. Look for me, father and tell me when they come. – Moods by Louisa May Alcott
  18. You knew my father well Tidman? – The Mandarin's Fan by Fergus Hume
  19. Remember the Baptist's father – The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope
  20. If his father was bad, what hope was there that he could be better? – The Redemption of David Corson by Charles Frederic Goss

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