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Meaning of FATHER

Pronunciation:  'fâdhur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  God when considered as the first person in the Trinity; "hear our prayers, Heavenly Father"
  2. [n]  an early writer accepted as an authority on the teachings and practices of the Christian church
  3. [n]  a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father); "his father was born in Atlanta"
  4. [n]  `Father' is a term of address for priests in some churches (especially Roman or Orthodox Catholic); `Padre' is frequently used in the military
  5. [n]  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. [n]  the founder of a family; "keep the faith of our forefathers"
  7. [n]  a person who founds or establishes some institution; "George Washington is the father of his country"
  8. [v]  make children; "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them"

FATHER is a 6 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: beget, begetter, beginner, bring forth, Church Father, engender, Father-God, forefather, founder, founding father, generate, get, male parent, mother, Padre, sire, sire
 Antonyms: female parent, mother
 See Also: ancestor, antecedent, ascendant, ascendent, authority, cofounder, coloniser, colonizer, conceiver, create, dad, dada, daddy, father-in-law, foundress, hypostasis, leader, make, mastermind, old man, originator, pa, papa, pappa, parent, pater, patriarch, pop, priest, root



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fa"ther\, n. [OE. fader, AS. f[ae]der; akin to OS.
    fadar, D. vader, OHG. fatar, G. vater, Icel. Fa?ir Sw. & Dan.
    fader, OIr. athir, L. pater, Gr. ?????, Skr. pitr, perh. fr.
    Skr. p[=a] protect. ???,???. Cf. {Papa}, {Paternal},
    {Patriot}, {Potential}, {Pablum}.]
    1. One who has begotten a child, whether son or daughter; a
       generator; a male parent.
             A wise son maketh a glad father.      --Prov. x. 1.
    2. 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.
             David slept with his fathers.         --1 Kings ii.
             Abraham, who is the father of us all. --Rom. iv. 16.
    3. One who performs the offices of a parent by maintenance,
       affetionate care, counsel, or protection.
             I was a father to the poor.           --Job xxix.
             He hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all
             his house.                            --Gen. xiv. 8.
    4. A respectful mode of address to an old man.
             And Joash the king og Israel came down unto him
             [Elisha], . . . and said, O my father, my father!
                                                   --2 Kings
                                                   xiii. 14.
    5. A senator of ancient Rome.
    6. 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.
             Bless you, good father friar !        --Shak.
    7. 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.
    8. 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
             The father of all such as handle the harp and organ.
                                                   --Gen. iv. 21.
             Might be the father, Harry, to that thought. --Shak.
             The father of good news.              --Shak.
    9. The Supreme Being and Creator; God; in theology, the first
       person in the Trinity.
             Our Father, which art in heaven.      --Matt. vi. 9.
             Now had the almighty Father from above . . . Bent
             down his eye.                         --Milton.
    {Adoptive father}, one who adopts the child of another,
       treating it as his own.
    {Apostolic father}, {Conscript fathers, etc.} See under
       {Apostolic}, {Conscript}, etc.
    {Father in God}, a title given to bishops.
    {Father of lies}, the Devil.
    {Father of the bar}, the oldest practitioner at the bar.
    {Fathers of the city}, the aldermen.
    {Father of the Faithful}.
       (a) Abraham. --Rom. iv. --Gal. iii. 6-9.
       (b) Mohammed, or one of the sultans, his successors.
    {Father of the house}, the member of a legislative body who
       has had the longest continuous service.
    {Most Reverend Father in God}, a title given to archbishops
       and metropolitans, as to the archbishops of Canterbury and
    {Natural father}, the father of an illegitimate child.
    {Putative father}, one who is presumed to be the father of an
       illegitimate child; the supposed father.
    {Spiritual father}.
       (a) A religious teacher or guide, esp. one instrumental in
           leading a soul to God.
       (b) (R. C. Ch.) A priest who hears confession in the
           sacrament of penance.
    {The Holy Father} (R. C. Ch.), the pope.
  2. \Fa"ther\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fathered}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Fathering}.]
    1. To make one's self the father of; to beget.
             Cowards father cowards, and base things sire base.
    2. 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.).
             Men of wit Often fathered what he writ. --Swift.
    3. To provide with a father. [R.]
             Think you I am no stronger than my sex, Being so
             fathered and so husbanded ?           --Shak.
    {To father on} or {upon}, to ascribe to, or charge upon, as
       one's offspring or work; to put or lay upon as being
       responsible. ``Nothing can be so uncouth or extravagant,
       which may not be fathered on some fetch of wit, or some
       caprice of humor.'' --Barrow.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing your father in your dream, symbolizes authority and protection. It suggests that you need to be more self-reliant. Consider also your waking relationship with your father. Dreaming that your father is dead, forewarns that you need to proceed with caution in conducting your business. Dreaming that you are hitting your father. represents a desperate need for greater closeness with your father. You feel that he is not listening to you. In particular, if you are hitting your father with a rubber object indicates that whatever you are doing or telling him has no significant effect on him. Things just literally bounces off him.
Easton Bible Dictionary

a name applied (1) to any ancestor (Deut. 1:11; 1 Kings 15:11; Matt. 3:9; 23:30, etc.); and (2) as a title of respect to a chief, ruler, or elder, etc. (Judg. 17:10; 18:19; 1 Sam. 10:12; 2 Kings 2:12; Matt. 23:9, etc.). (3) The author or beginner of anything is also so called; e.g., Jabal and Jubal (Gen. 4:20, 21; comp. Job 38:28).

Applied to God (Ex. 4:22; Deut. 32:6; 2 Sam. 7:14; Ps. 89:27, 28, etc.). (1.) As denoting his covenant relation to the Jews (Jer. 31:9; Isa. 63:16; 64:8; John 8:41, etc.).

(2.) Believers are called God's "sons" (John 1:12; Rom. 8:16; Matt. 6:4, 8, 15, 18; 10:20, 29). They also call him "Father" (Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:3; 2 Cor. 1:2; Gal. 1:4)

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