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Father vs. Grandfather

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Fathernoun

A (generally human) male who begets a child.

‘My father was a strong influence on me.’; ‘My friend Tony just became a father.’;

Grandfathernoun

A father of someone’s parent.

Fathernoun

A male ancestor more remote than a parent; a progenitor; especially, a first ancestor.

Grandfathernoun

(by extension) A male forefather.

Fathernoun

A term of respectful address for an elderly man.

‘Come, father; you can sit here.’;

Grandfatherverb

To retain existing laws or rules only for people or organizations previously affected by them, and to apply new laws or rules to the unaffected people or organizations.

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Fathernoun

A term of respectful address for a priest.

Grandfatherverb

To retain existing laws or rules for (a person or organization previously affected by them).

Fathernoun

A person who plays the role of a father in some way.

‘My brother was a father to me after my parents got divorced.’; ‘The child is father to the man.’;

Grandfathernoun

A father's or mother's father; an ancestor immediately after the father or mother in lineal ascent.

Fathernoun

The founder of a discipline or science.

‘Albert Einstein is the father of modern physics.’;

Grandfathernoun

the father of your father or mother

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Fathernoun

Something that is the greatest or most significant of its kind.

Grandfathernoun

the father of one's father or mother.

Fathernoun

A senator of Ancient Rome.

Grandfathernoun

the person who founded or originated something

‘Freud is often called the grandfather of psychoanalysis’;

Fatherverb

To be a father to; to sire.

Grandfatherverb

exempt (someone or something) from a new law or regulation

‘smokers who worked here before the ban have been grandfathered’;

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Fatherverb

(figuratively) To give rise to.

Fatherverb

To act as a father; to support and nurture.

Fatherverb

To provide with a father.

Fatherverb

To adopt as one's own.

Fathernoun

One who has begotten a child, whether son or daughter; a generator; a male parent.

‘A wise son maketh a glad father.’;

Fathernoun

A male ancestor more remote than a parent; a progenitor; especially, a first ancestor; a founder of a race or family; - in the plural, fathers, ancestors.

‘David slept with his fathers.’; ‘Abraham, who is the father of us all.’;

Fathernoun

One who performs the offices of a parent by maintenance, affetionate care, counsel, or protection.

‘I was a father to the poor.’; ‘He hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house.’;

Fathernoun

A respectful mode of address to an old man.

‘And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him [Elisha], . . . and said, O my father, my father!’;

Fathernoun

A senator of ancient Rome.

Fathernoun

A dignitary of the church, a superior of a convent, a confessor (called also father confessor), or a priest; also, the eldest member of a profession, or of a legislative assembly, etc.

‘Bless you, good father friar !’;

Fathernoun

One of the chief ecclesiastical authorities of the first centuries after Christ; - often spoken of collectively as the Fathers; as, the Latin, Greek, or apostolic Fathers.

Fathernoun

One who, or that which, gives origin; an originator; a producer, author, or contriver; the first to practice any art, profession, or occupation; a distinguished example or teacher.

‘The father of all such as handle the harp and organ.’; ‘Might be the father, Harry, to that thought.’; ‘The father of good news.’;

Fathernoun

The Supreme Being and Creator; God; in theology, the first person in the Trinity.

‘Our Father, which art in heaven.’; ‘Now had the almighty Father from above . . . Bent down his eye.’;

Fatherverb

To make one's self the father of; to beget.

‘Cowards father cowards, and base things sire base.’;

Fatherverb

To take as one's own child; to adopt; hence, to assume as one's own work; to acknowledge one's self author of or responsible for (a statement, policy, etc.).

‘Men of witOften fathered what he writ.’;

Fatherverb

To provide with a father.

‘Think you I am no stronger than my sex,Being so fathered and so husbanded ?’;

Fathernoun

a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father);

‘his father was born in Atlanta’;

Fathernoun

the founder of a family;

‘keep the faith of our forefathers’;

Fathernoun

`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

Fathernoun

(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 Lation Church Fathers are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome; those who wrote in Greek include Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and John Chrysostom

Fathernoun

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’;

Fathernoun

God when considered as the first person in the Trinity;

‘hear our prayers, Heavenly Father’;

Fathernoun

a person who founds or establishes some institution;

‘George Washington is the father of his country’;

Fathernoun

the head of an organized crime family

Fatherverb

make children;

‘Abraham begot Isaac’; ‘Men often father children but don't recognize them’;

Father

A father is the male parent of a child. Besides the paternal bonds of a father to his children, the father may have a parental, legal, and social relationship with the child that carries with it certain rights and obligations.

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