1. A male parent (also used as a term of address to your father) (synset 110100638)
    "his father was born in Atlanta"
  2. The founder of a family (synset 110122569)
    "keep the faith of our forefathers"
  3. `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 (synset 110100973)
  4. (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 (synset 109941250)
  5. A person who holds an important or distinguished position in some organization (synset 110101225)
    "the tennis fathers ruled in her favor"; "the city fathers endorsed the proposal"
  6. God when considered as the first person in the Trinity (synset 109560084)
    "hear our prayers, Heavenly Father"
  7. A person who founds or establishes some institution (synset 110127072)
    "George Washington is the father of his country"
  8. The head of an organized crime family (synset 110045020)
  1. Make (offspring) by reproduction (synset 200054345)
    "Abraham begot Isaac"; "John fathered four daughters"

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