Definition of father verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    father

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈfɑːðə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːðər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they father
    BrE BrE//ˈfɑːðə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːðər//
     
    he / she / it fathers
    BrE BrE//ˈfɑːðəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːðərz//
     
    past simple fathered
    BrE BrE//ˈfɑːðəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːðərd//
     
    past participle fathered
    BrE BrE//ˈfɑːðəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːðərd//
     
    -ing form fathering
    BrE BrE//ˈfɑːðərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːðərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1father somebody to become the father of a child by making a woman pregnant He claims to have fathered over 20 children.
  2. 2father something to create new ideas or a new way of doing something
  3. Word Origin Old English fæder, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vader and German Vater, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin pater and Greek patēr.
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