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
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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