- 1father somebody to become the father of a child by making a woman pregnant He claims to have fathered over 20 children.
- 2father something to create new ideas or a new way of doing something 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.
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//