HyperDic: father

English > 9 senses of the word father / Father:
NOUNperson father, male parent, begettera male parent (also used as a term of address to your father)
person father, forefather, sirethe founder of a family
person Father, Padre'Father' is a term of address for priests in some churches (especially the Roman Catholic Church or the Orthodox Catholic Church)
person Father, Church Father, Father of the Church(Christianity) any of about 70 theologians in the period from the 2nd to the 7th century whose writing established and confirmed official church doctrine
person fathera person who holds an important or distinguished position in some organization
person Father, Father-God, FatherhoodGod when considered as the first person in the Trinity
person father, founder, beginner, founding fathera person who founds or establishes some institution
person father, donthe head of an organized crime family
VERBbodyfather, beget, get, engender, mother, sire, generate, bring forthmake children
father / Father > pronunciation
Soundsfaa'dher
Rhymesaltogether ... zither: 43 rhymes with dher...
English > father: 9 senses > noun 1, person
MeaningA male parent (also used as a term of address to your father).
Example"his father was born in Atlanta"
Synonymsmale parent, begetter
Narrowerdad, dada, daddy, pa, papa, pappa, popAn informal term for a father
father-in-lawThe father of your spouse
old manAn informal term for your father
paterAn informal use of the Latin word for father
BroaderparentA father or mother
Oppositemother, female parentA woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother)
Spanishpadre, papa, papá, papi
Catalanpapa, papà, pare
Adjectivesfatherlylike or befitting a father or fatherhood
paternalbelonging to or inherited from one's father
Verbsfathermake children
English > father: 9 senses > noun 2, person
MeaningThe founder of a family.
Example"keep the faith of our forefathers"
Synonymsforefather, sire
NarrowerpatriarchAny of the early biblical characters regarded as fathers of the human race
Broaderancestor, ascendant, ascendent, antecedent, rootsomeone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
Spanishantepasado, padre
Catalanavantpassat, pare
English > Father: 9 senses > noun 3, person
Meaning'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.
SynonymPadre
BroaderpriestA clergyman in Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites
title, title of respect, form of addressAn identifying appellation signifying status or function
Spanishpadre
Catalanmossèn, pare
English > Father: 9 senses > noun 4, person
Meaning(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
CategoryChristianity, Christian religionA monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior
InstancesAmbrose, Saint Ambrose, St. Ambrose(Roman Catholic Church) Roman priest who became bishop of Milan
Athanasius, Saint Athanasius, St. Athanasius, Athanasius the Great(Roman Catholic Church) Greek patriarch of Alexandria who championed Christian orthodoxy against Arianism
Augustine, Saint Augustine, St. Augustine, Augustine of Hippo(Roman Catholic Church) one of the great Fathers of the early Christian church
Basil, St. Basil, Basil of Caesarea, Basil the Great, St. Basil the Great(Roman Catholic Church) the bishop of Caesarea who defended the Roman Catholic Church against the heresies / heresies of the 4th century
Gregory, Gregory Nazianzen, Gregory of Nazianzen, St. Gregory of Nazianzen(Roman Catholic Church) a church father known for his constant fight against perceived heresies / heresies
Irenaeus, Saint Irenaeus, St. IrenaeusGreek theologian who was bishop of Lyons and an antiheretical writer
Jerome, Saint Jerome, St. Jerome, Hieronymus, Eusebius Hieronymus, Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus(Roman Catholic Church) one of the great Fathers of the early Christian Church whose major work was his translation of the Scriptures from Hebrew and Greek into Latin (which became the Vulgate)
John Chrysostom, St. John Chrysostom(Roman Catholic Church) a Church Father who was a great preacher and bishop of Constantinople
Broadertheologian, theologist, theologizer, theologisersomeone who is learned in theology or who speculates about theology
Catalanpare de l'Església
English > father: 9 senses > noun 5, person
MeaningA person who holds an important or distinguished position in some organization.
Examples
  • "the tennis fathers ruled in her favor"
  • "the city fathers endorsed the proposal"
BroaderleaderA person who rules or guides or inspires others
Spanishpadre
Catalanpare
English > Father: 9 senses > noun 6, person
MeaningGod when considered as the first person in the Trinity.
SynonymsFather-God, Fatherhood
Instance ofhypostasis, hypostasis of ChristAny of the three persons of the Godhead constituting / constituting the Trinity especially the person of Christ in which divine and human natures are united
SpanishDios Padre, Padre
CatalanDéu, Déu Pare, Pare
English > father: 9 senses > noun 7, person
MeaningA person who founds or establishes some institution.
Example"George Washington is the father of his country"
Synonymsfounder, beginner, founding father
NarrowercofounderOne of a group of founders
colonizer, colonisersomeone who helps to found a colony
foundressA woman founder
Broaderoriginator, conceiver, mastermindsomeone who creates new things
Spanishfundadora, fundador, padre
Catalanfundador, pare
English > father: 9 senses > noun 8, person
MeaningThe head of an organized crime family.
Synonymdon
Broaderhead, chief, top dogA person who is in charge
Spanishdon
English > father: 9 senses > verb 1, body
Meaningmake children.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody
Example "Men often father children but don't recognize them"
Synonymsbeget, get, engender, mother, sire, generate, bring forth
Broadermake, createmake or cause to be or to become
Spanishconcebir, engendrar, generar, producir
Catalanengendrar, generar
Nounsfathera male parent (also used as a term of address to your father)

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