1 [countable] your male parent. People often call their father Dad or, especially if they are young children, Daddy. In the past, people often called their father Father or Papa
My father taught me to drive.
George suspected that he was not the father of Emily’s child.
The thought of becoming a father terrified Mark.
someone’s real/natural father: I never knew my real father.
a father of two/three/four etc: The 32-year-old father of three denies the charges.
be like a father to someone: Tom has been like a father to me.
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