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Dylan, myself and my father were in a two hour movie called The Sand Kings, which started off the Outer Limits series. It was sort of the two hour pilot movie.
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Meaning of "father" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD FATHER

Old English fæder; related to Old Norse fathir, Old Frisian feder, Old High German fater, Latin pater, Greek patēr, Sanskrit pitr.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF FATHER

father  [ˈfɑːðə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF FATHER

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Father is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb father in English.

WHAT DOES FATHER MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Father

A father is a male parent who has raised a child, supplied the sperm through sexual intercourse or sperm donation which grew into a child, and/or donated a body cell which resulted in a clone. The adjective "paternal" refers to a father and comparatively to "maternal" for a mother. The verb "to father" means to procreate or to sire a child from which also derives the noun "fathering". Fathers determine the sex of their child through a sperm cell which either contains an X chromosome, or Y chromosome. Related terms of endearment are dad, daddy, pa, papa, poppa, pop, and pops. A male role-model that children can look up to is sometimes referred to as a father-figure.

Definition of father in the English dictionary

The first definition of father in the dictionary is a male parent. Other definition of father is a person who founds a line or family; forefather. Father is also any male acting in a paternal capacity related adjective paternal.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO FATHER

PRESENT

Present
I father
you father
he/she/it fathers
we father
you father
they father
Present continuous
I am fathering
you are fathering
he/she/it is fathering
we are fathering
you are fathering
they are fathering
Present perfect
I have fathered
you have fathered
he/she/it has fathered
we have fathered
you have fathered
they have fathered
Present perfect continuous
I have been fathering
you have been fathering
he/she/it has been fathering
we have been fathering
you have been fathering
they have been fathering
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I fathered
you fathered
he/she/it fathered
we fathered
you fathered
they fathered
Past continuous
I was fathering
you were fathering
he/she/it was fathering
we were fathering
you were fathering
they were fathering
Past perfect
I had fathered
you had fathered
he/she/it had fathered
we had fathered
you had fathered
they had fathered
Past perfect continuous
I had been fathering
you had been fathering
he/she/it had been fathering
we had been fathering
you had been fathering
they had been fathering
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will father
you will father
he/she/it will father
we will father
you will father
they will father
Future continuous
I will be fathering
you will be fathering
he/she/it will be fathering
we will be fathering
you will be fathering
they will be fathering
Future perfect
I will have fathered
you will have fathered
he/she/it will have fathered
we will have fathered
you will have fathered
they will have fathered
Future perfect continuous
I will have been fathering
you will have been fathering
he/she/it will have been fathering
we will have been fathering
you will have been fathering
they will have been fathering
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would father
you would father
he/she/it would father
we would father
you would father
they would father
Conditional continuous
I would be fathering
you would be fathering
he/she/it would be fathering
we would be fathering
you would be fathering
they would be fathering
Conditional perfect
I would have father
you would have father
he/she/it would have father
we would have father
you would have father
they would have father
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been fathering
you would have been fathering
he/she/it would have been fathering
we would have been fathering
you would have been fathering
they would have been fathering
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you father
we let´s father
you father
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to father
Past participle
fathered
Present Participle
fathering
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH FATHER


Bairnsfather
ˈbɛənzˌfɑːðə
farther
ˈfɑːðə
forefather
ˈfɔːˌfɑːðə
godfather
ˈɡɒdˌfɑːðə
grandfather
ˈɡrænˌfɑːðə
great-grandfather
ˌɡreɪtˈɡrændfɑːðə
great-great-grandfather
ˌɡreɪtˌɡreɪtˈɡrændˌfɑːðə
housefather
ˈhaʊsˌfɑːðə
how´s-your-father
ˈhaʊzjəˈfɑːðə
lather
ˈlɑːðə
Mithgarthr
ˈmɪðˌɡɑːðə
rather
ˈrɑːðə
stepfather
ˈstɛpˌfɑːðə

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE FATHER

fatheadedness
Father Christmas
father confessor
father figure
father lasher
father of the chapel
Father of the House
Father Time
father-in-law
Father´s Day
fatherhood
fathering
fatherland
fatherless
fatherlessness
fatherlike
fatherliness
fatherly
fathers-in-law
fathership

WORDS THAT END LIKE FATHER

all-weather
birds of a feather
breather
Fairweather
feather
foster father
gather
heather
Heavenly Father
Holy Father
leather
other
Our Father
patent leather
peacock feather
September weather
simulated leather
sunbather
tail feather
weather
white leather

Synonyms and antonyms of father in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «FATHER»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «father» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of father

Translation of «father» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF FATHER

Find out the translation of father to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of father from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «father» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

父亲
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

padre
570 millions of speakers

English

father
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

पिता
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

أَب
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

отец
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

pai
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

পিতা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

père
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Bapa
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Vater
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

아버지
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Bapak
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

bố
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

அப்பா
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

वडील
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

baba
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

padre
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

ojciec
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

батько
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

tată
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

πατέρας
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

vader
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

far
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

far
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of father

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «FATHER»

The term «father» is very widely used and occupies the 2.811 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «FATHER» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «father» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «father» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about father

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10 QUOTES WITH «FATHER»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word father.
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Scott Anderson
My father suffered from chronic wanderlust. When I was 14, he set out on a yearlong road trip across Europe and Asia - and decided to take me along for company.
2
Criss Angel
Oprah is signed on to help, and a lot of celebrity friends have agreed to help me raise money for Make-A-Wish. We want to make the world a better place for innocent children. I cried my heart out when my father died from cancer. I wish I was smarter, wiser like a doctor, to save these children from dying.
3
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen
My giving story started with my parents - my late mother, Frances Arrillaga, who dedicated her life to philanthropic and community service, and my father, John Arrillaga, whose daily generosity of heart, mind, and hands-on contributions make him one of the most extraordinary philanthropists I know.
4
Charles M. Blow
My father was short for a man, with a child's plaything for a name - Spinner. He had flawless dark brown skin and a head full of big, wet-looking curls, black as oil. And he had the smile of a scoundrel - the kind of smile that disarmed men and undressed women.
5
Lizzie Andrew Borden
Maggie went out of doors to wash the windows and father came out into the kitchen and said he did not know whether he would go down to the post office or not. And then I sprinkled some handkerchiefs to iron.
6
Beau Bridges
Dylan, myself and my father were in a two hour movie called The Sand Kings, which started off the Outer Limits series. It was sort of the two hour pilot movie.
7
Gordon Brown
I'm a father; that's what matters most. Nothing matters more.
8
Angela Carter
Aeneas carried his aged father on his back from the ruins of Troy and so do we all, whether we like it or not, perhaps even if we have never known them.
9
Chris Cleave
I'm a much better writer for being a father.
10
Ray Conniff
I tell my friends about my conversations with my father - conversations with an artist.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «FATHER»

Discover the use of father in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to father and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
Pictured in righthand photograph on cover: Stanley Dunham and Ann Dunham (President Obama's maternal grandfather and his mother as a young girl). From the Trade Paperback edition.
Barack Obama, 2007
2
Renoir: My Father
In this delightful memoir, Jean Renoir, the director of such masterpieces of the cinema as Grand Illusion and The Rules of the Game, tells the life story of his father, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, the great Impressionist painter.
Jean Renoir, 2001
3
The Role of the Father in Child Development
This classic guide offers a single-source reference for the most recent findings and beliefs related to fathers and fatherhood.
Michael E. Lamb, 2010
4
The Distant Land of My Father
With the intensity and appeal of When We Were Orphans, also set in Shanghai at the same time, The Distant Land of My Father tells a moving and unforgettable story about a most unusual father-daughter relationship.
Bo Caldwell, 2011
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Handbook of Father Involvement: Multidisciplinary Perspectives
This second edition reviews the new research findings and theoretical advances on fathers, families, child development, programs, and policies that have occurred in the past decade.
Natasha J. Cabrera, Catherine Susan Tamis-LeMonda, 2013
6
Letter to my Father
This letter is the closest that Kafka came to setting down his autobiography. He was driven to write it by his father's opposition to his engagement with Julie Wohryzek. The marriage did not take place; the letter was not delivered.
Franz Kafka, Howard Colyer, 2008
7
A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball
This book is a revealing, personal story of one of America's top athletes, but it is also a call to action—from a man who had to fight to be in his children's lives—that will show mothers and fathers how to step up and be parents ...
Dwyane Wade, 2012
8
Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women's Liberation
Beyond God the Father is a Beacon Press publication.
Mary Daly, 1985
9
The Sins of the Father
On the heels of the international bestseller Only Time Will Tell, Jeffrey Archer picks up the sweeping story of the Clifton Chronicles….
Jeffrey Archer, 2012
10
Experiencing Father's Embrace
The author's style of writing makes this book easy to read, yet it is one of the most thorough and profoundly impacting books available on knowing God as a Father.
Jack Frost, 2006

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «FATHER»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term father is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Judge Sends Kids to Juvie for Refusing Lunch with Father
DETROIT, Mich. — A Michigan judge sent three children to juvenile detention for refusing to have lunch or talk to their father after chastising ... «WSPA.com, Jul 15»
2
Dad receives Father's Day card from son who died of AIDS 20 years …
An 87-year-old man from Virginia has called a Father's Day card sent by his son “a sign from heaven” after it arrived in his mailbox this year ... «The Independent, Jul 15»
3
Father Takes Blame After 12-Year-Old Arrested in Connection With …
The imprisoned father of two boys charged in connection with a deadly shooting in Omaha, Nebraska, says he shoulders the blame for his ... «ABC News, Jul 15»
4
Donald Trump to meet in Los Angeles with father of football player …
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is planning to meet today with the father of a Los Angeles high school football player killed by ... «LA Daily News, Jul 15»
5
Mother found guilty, father not guilty of baby's death in hot car
The baby's father, 32-year-old Israel Soto, was acquitted of a child abuse charge. Deputy District Attorney Carlos Campbell said the infant was ... «fox5sandiego.com, Jul 15»
6
Patrick Dempsey spends a father-son outing with Darby at Malibu …
On Thursday, Patrick Dempsey was spotted spending some quality father-son bonding with his eight-year-old twin son Darby at a beach in ... «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
7
Euless father of slain child helps other grieving parents
Euless father of slain child helps other grieving parents .... Roberts said Father's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas are difficult. Every year, on ... «Fort Worth Star Telegram, Jul 15»
8
Father rescues boy after truck slams into Winnipeg store
A Winnipeg father is relieved he was able to pull his son to safety after a truck careened into a convenience store at such a high speed, ... «CTV News, Jul 15»
9
Jealous father jailed for murdering wife
A FATHER has been jailed for 18 years after murdering his estranged wife in the family home. Neil Winn, 50, lured Lisa Winn, 45, to the ... «North Devon Journal, Jul 15»
10
Drunken teen avoids jail for crashing his father's Audi (but has his …
A young man who crashed his father's £100,000 supercar in to a neighbour's house has escaped jail but has had his pocket money stopped. «Telegraph.co.uk, Jul 15»

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