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English noun: father

1. father (person) a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father)


SamplesHis father was born in Atlanta.


Synonymsbegetter, male parent


Broader (hypernym)parent


Narrower (hyponym)dad, dada, daddy, father-in-law, old man, pa, papa, pappa, pater, pop


Antonymsfemale parent, mother

2. father (person) the founder of a family


SamplesKeep the faith of our forefathers.


Synonymsforefather, sire


Broader (hypernym)ancestor, antecedent, ascendant, ascendent, root


Narrower (hyponym)patriarch

3. Father (person) `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


SynonymsPadre


Broader (hypernym)form of address, priest, title, title of respect

4. Father (person) (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 Latin Church Fathers are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome; those who wrote in Greek include Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and John Chrysostom


SynonymsChurch Father, Father of the Church


Broader (hypernym)theologian, theologiser, theologist, theologizer


Instance hyponymAmbrose, Athanasius, Athanasius the Great, Augustine, Augustine of Hippo, Basil, Basil of Caesarea, Basil the Great, Eusebius Hieronymus, Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus, Gregory, Gregory Nazianzen, Gregory of Nazianzen, Hieronymus, Irenaeus, Jerome, John Chrysostom, Saint Ambrose, Saint Athanasius, Saint Augustine, Saint Irenaeus, Saint Jerome, St. Ambrose, St. Athanasius, St. Augustine, St. Basil, St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory of Nazianzen, St. Irenaeus, St. Jerome, St. John Chrysostom


Domain categoryChristian religion, Christianity

5. father (person) a person who holds an important or distinguished position in some organization


SamplesThe tennis fathers ruled in her favor.
The city fathers endorsed the proposal.


Broader (hypernym)leader

6. Father (person) God when considered as the first person in the Trinity


SamplesHear our prayers, Heavenly Father.


SynonymsFather-God, Fatherhood


Instance hypernymhypostasis, hypostasis of Christ

7. father (person) a person who founds or establishes some institution


SamplesGeorge Washington is the father of his country.


Synonymsbeginner, founder, founding father


Broader (hypernym)conceiver, mastermind, originator


Narrower (hyponym)cofounder, coloniser, colonizer, foundress

8. father (person) the head of an organized crime family


Synonymsdon


Broader (hypernym)chief, head, top dog


English verb: father

1. father (body) make children


SamplesAbraham begot Isaac.
Men often father children but don't recognize them.


Synonymsbeget, bring forth, engender, generate, get, mother, sire


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)create, make









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