1a man in relation to his child or children: how like your father you are the art collection was bequeathed to him by his adoptive father a male animal in relation to its offspring.
) literary ancestors.
an important male figure in the origin and early history of something:he’s held to be the father of abstract art a man who provides care and protection:the prince is widely regarded as the father of the nation the oldest member or doyen of a society or other body. (the Father) (in Christian belief) the first person of the Trinity; God. (Father) used as a title of respect for an old and venerable man or for something personified as such a man:Father Thames 2 (also Father) (often as a title or form of address) a priest:pray for me, father
3 (Fathers or Fathers of the Church) early Christian theologians (in particular of the first five centuries) whose writings are regarded as especially authoritative.
be the father of:he fathered three children
(usually as noun fathering
) treat with the protective care associated with a father:the two males share the fathering of the cubs
be the source or originator of:a culture which has fathered half the popular music in the world
(father someone/thing on
) assign the paternity of a child or responsibility for a book, idea, or action to:a collection of Irish stories was fathered on him
- adjective & adverb