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(1):

(n.) One of the chief esslesiastical authorities of the first centuries after Christ; - often spoken of collectively as the Fathers; as, the Latin, Greek, or apostolic Fathers.

(2):

(v. t.) To take as one's own child; to adopt; hence, to assume as one's own work; to acknowledge one's self author of or responsible for (a statement, policy, etc.).

(3):

(n.) The Supreme Being and Creator; God; in theology, the first person in the Trinity.

(4):

(n.) One who performs the offices of a parent by maintenance, affetionate care, counsel, or protection.

(5):

(n.) A male ancestor more remote than a parent; a progenitor; especially, a first ancestor; a founder of a race or family; - in the plural, fathers, ancestors.

(6):

(n.) One who has begotten a child, whether son or daughter; a generator; a male parent.

(7):

(n.) One who, or that which, gives origin; an originator; a producer, author, or contriver; the first to practice any art, profession, or occupation; a distinguished example or teacher.

(8):

(v. t.) To make one's self the father of; to beget.

(9):

(n.) A dignitary of the church, a superior of a convent, a confessor (called also father confessor), or a priest; also, the eldest member of a profession, or of a legislative assembly, etc.

(10):

(v. t.) To provide with a father.

(11):

(n.) A senator of ancient Rome.

(12):

(n.) A respectful mode of address to an old man.


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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Father'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/web/f/father.html. 1828.

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