fa‧ther1 S1 W1 [countable]
a male parent:
Ask your father to help you.
Andrew was very excited about becoming a father.
He's been like a father to me.
a father of two/three/four etc (=a man with two, three etc children)
The driver, a father of four, escaped uninjured.
Steve recently became the proud father of a 7lb 12oz baby girl.
a priest, especially in the Roman Catholic church: ➔ Holy Father
I have sinned, Father.
people related to you who lived a long time ago [= ancestors]: ➔ forefather
Our fathers were exiles from their native land.
a way of talking to or talking about God, used in the Christian religion:
our Heavenly Father
the man who was responsible for starting something:
Freud is the father of psychoanalysis.
if property or skill passes from father to son, children receive it or learn it from their parents:
This is a district where old crafts are handed down from father to son.
used to say that a boy behaves like his father, especially when this behaviour is bad
8 British English informal
the act of having sex - used humorously