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  • the head of an organized crime family
  • a person who founds or establishes some institution
    • George Washington is the father of his country
  • God when considered as the first person in the Trinity
    • hear our prayers, Heavenly Father
  • a person who holds an important or distinguished position in some organization
    • the tennis fathers ruled in her favor
    • the city fathers endorsed the proposal
  • (Christianity) any of about 70 theologians in the period from the 2nd to the 7th century whose writing established and confirmed official church doctrine; in the Roman Catholic Church some were later declared saints and became Doctor of the Church; the best known Latin Church Fathers are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome; those who wrote in Greek include Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and John Chrysostom
  • `Father' is a term of address for priests in some churches (especially the Roman Catholic Church or the Orthodox Catholic Church); `Padre' is frequently used in the military
  • the founder of a family
    • keep the faith of our forefathers
  • a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father)
    • his father was born in Atlanta
  • make children
    • Abraham begot Isaac
    • Men often father children but don't recognize them
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