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father

2 verb
     
father2 [transitive]
1 to become the father of a child by making a woman pregnant:
Hodgkins fathered seven children.
2 formal to start an important new idea or system:
Bevan fathered the concept of the National Health Service.

father something on somebody

phrasal verb
formal to claim that someone is responsible for something when they are not:
A collection of Irish stories was fathered on him.

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