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  1. [noun] a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father); "his father was born in Atlanta"
    Synonyms: male parent, begetter

  2. [noun] the founder of a family; "keep the faith of our forefathers"
    Synonyms: foresire

  3. [noun] `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
    Synonyms: Father, Padre

  4. [noun] (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; the best known Lation Church Fathers are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome; those who wrote in Greek include Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and John Chrysostom
    Synonyms: Church Father, Father of the Church, Father

  5. [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"

  6. [noun] God when considered as the first person in the Trinity; "hear our prayers, Heavenly Father"
    Synonyms: Father, Father-God, Fatherhood

  7. [noun] a person who founds or establishes some institution; "George Washington is the father of his country"
    Synonyms: founder, beginner, founding

  8. [noun] the head of an organized crime family
    Synonyms: don

  9. [verb] make children; "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them"
    Synonyms: beget, get, engender, mother, sire, generate, bring forth


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