1 father /ˈfɑːðɚ/ noun
plural fathers
1 father
plural fathers
Learner's definition of FATHER
: a male parent
◊ The expression like father, like son means that a son is like his father in character, behavior, etc.
see also birth father, grandfather, stepfather
: a man who is thought of as being like a father
formal : a person who was in someone's family in past times : ancestor, forefather usually plural
: a man who invents or begins something usually singular
see also founding father
old-fashioned : an older man who is one of the leaders of a city, town, etc. usually plural
: a priest especially in the Roman Catholic Church or the Orthodox Church used especially as a title or as a form of address see also holy father

— fatherhood

/ˈfɑːðɚˌhʊd/ noun [noncount]

— fatherless

/ˈfɑːðɚləs/ adjective
2 father /ˈfɑːðɚ/ verb
fathers; fathered; fathering
2 father
fathers; fathered; fathering
Learner's definition of FATHER
[+ object]
: to become the father of (a child) : to make a woman pregnant so that she gives birth to (a child)
of a man : to invent, create, or produce (something)