US: /ˈfɑðɝ/
UK: /fˈɑːðɐ/

English Vietnamese dictionary

father /'fɑ:ðə/
  • danh từ
    • cha, bố
    • (nghĩa bóng) người cha, người đẻ ra, người sản sinh ra
      • the wish is father to the thought: ước vọng sinh ra sự tin tưởng
    • tổ tiên, ông tổ
      • father of Vietnamese poetry: ông tổ của nền thơ ca Việt Nam
      • to sleep with one's fathers: chầu tổ, chết
    • người thầy, người cha
      • father of the country: người cha của đất nước
    • Chúa, Thượng đế
    • (tôn giáo) cha cố
      • the Holy Father: Đức giáo hoàng
    • người nhiều tuổi nhất, cụ
      • Father of the House of Commons: người nhiều tuổi nhất ở hạ nghị viện Anh

Advanced English dictionary

noun, verb
+ noun
1 a male parent of a child or an animal; a person who is acting as the father to a child: Ben's a wonderful father. + You've been like a father to me. + Our new boss is a father of three (= he has three children). + He was a wonderful father to both his natural and adopted children. + (old-fashioned) Father, I cannot lie to you.
2 (fathers) [pl.] (literary) a person's ANCESTORS (= people who are related to you who lived in the past): the land of our fathers
3 ~ (of sth) the first man to introduce a new way of thinking about sth or of doing sth: Henry Moore is considered to be the father of modern British sculpture.
4 (Father) used by Christians to refer to God: Father, forgive us. + God the Father
5 (Father) (abbreviation Fr) the title of a priest, especially in the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church: Father Dominic
See also - HOLY FATHER
Idioms: from father to son from one GENERATION of a family to the next
like father, like son used to say that a son's character or behaviour is similar to that of his father
more at OLD
+ verb [VN]
1 to become the father of a child by making its mother pregnant: He claims to have fathered over 20 children.
2 (written) to create new ideas or a new way of doing sth

Thesaurus dictionary

1 sire, paterfamilias, Colloq dad, daddy, pa, papa, pop, old man, old boy, Brit governor, pater:
His father is a chemist.
2 forebear, ancestor, forefather, progenitor, primogenitor:
The father of the dynasty fought at Hastings.
3 creator, founder, originator, inventor, author, architect, framer, initiator:
He regards Lavoisier as the father of modern chemistry.
4 priest, confessor, curé, abbé, minister, pastor, shepherd, parson, clergyman, chaplain, Colloq padre, Military Slang sky pilot:
We should see the Father about the funeral service.
5 sire, beget, get, engender, procreate, generate:
He had fathered more than forty children in his harem.
6 originate, establish, found, invent, author, frame, initiate, institute, create:
Galileo fathered modern astronomy by inventing the telescope.

Collocation dictionary


lone, single
As a single father, he found it a struggle bringing up three children.
| widowed | absent | biological, natural, real | adoptive, foster, step- | surrogate
Elena's brother was a surrogate father to her kids after her husband died.
| elderly, old | dead, deceased, late | caring, devoted, good, loving, marvellous
He is very good with children and would make a marvellous father.
| adoring, doting, indulgent | beloved
She kept the books that had belonged to her beloved father.
| proud
He has just become the proud father of a baby girl.
| domineering, overbearing, possessive | drunken, violent | doctor, engineer, immigrant, etc.
Their musician father encouraged their love of music.


resemble, take after
The two boys were like their mother in character, but Louise took after her father.
| follow, succeed
She followed her father into the legal profession. He succeeded his father as Professor of Botany.
| inherit sth from
She inherited the urge to travel from her father.


Some of his students regard him as a father figure.


a father of two, etc.
Boland, a father of two, was arrested on charges of theft.
| follow in your father's footsteps
He followed in his father's footsteps and became a motor mechanic.
| the death/loss of your father

Concise English dictionary

fathers|fathered|fathering'fɑðə(r) /'fɑːð-
+a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father)
+the founder of a family
+`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
+(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
+a person who holds an important or distinguished position in some organization
+God when considered as the first person in the Trinity
+a person who founds or establishes some institution
+the head of an organized crime family
+make children