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Etymology

From Middle English fader < Old English fæder < Proto-Germanic *fader < Proto-Indo-European *ph₂tḗr. Cognates include Mycenaean Greek 𐀞𐀳 (pa-te) (Greek πατήρ) (patḗr), Latin pater, Spanish padre, French père, Persian پدر (pedar), Sanskrit पितृ (pitr), Icelandic faðir, Dutch vader and German Vater.

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Noun

Singular
father

Plural
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  1. A male who sires (and often raises) a child.
    My father was a strong influence on me.
  2. A term of address for an elderly man.
    Come, father; you can sit here.
  3. A term of address for a Christian priest.
    Father Brown was the hero of the Chesterton mysteries.
  4. A person who plays the role of a father in some way.
    My brother was a father to me after my parents got divorced.
    The child is father to the man.
  5. The founder of a discipline or science.
    Albert Einstein is the father of modern physics.

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Verb

Infinitive
to father

Third person singular
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Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to father (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To be a father to; to sire.
  2. (figuratively) To give rise to.
  3. To act as a father; to support and nurture.

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