lone (esp. BrE), single

As a single father, he found it a struggle bringing up three children.

married, unmarried

a married father of two

absent, absentee, estranged

Ryan has gone looking for his long-lost father.

biological, natural, real, true
adoptive, foster
second, surrogate

I always thought of you as a second father.

Elena's brother was a surrogate father to her kids after her husband died.


He paced like an expectant father.


Meet your new father.

The new father took his son into his arms.

doting, proud

He has just become the proud father of a baby girl.

ageing/aging, elderly, old
ailing, dying, sick

He has an ailing father and two younger brothers to support.

dead, deceased, late

the grieving father of two children lost at sea

caring, devoted, good, great, loving, responsible, wonderful

He is very good with children and would make a devoted father.

He was a wonderful father to her.

beloved, dear

She kept the books that had belonged to her beloved father.


He was both a bad husband and a bad father.


He had a domineering mother and a cold, distant father.

domineering, overbearing, overprotective, strict
abusive, alcoholic, drunken, violent

He followed the footsteps of his famous father into the film industry.

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.

honour/honor, love, obey, respect

Try your best to honor your father.


I lost my father when I was nine.


I buried my father, and mourned his death.


Some of his students regard him as a father figure.

a father of two, etc.

Smith, a father of two, was arrested on charges of theft.

father to sb

Jesse is now married and father to a young son.

follow in your father's footsteps

He followed in his father's footsteps and became a motor mechanic.

from father to son

The land passes on from father to son.

the death of your father, the loss of your father
Father is used with these nouns as the object: ↑child

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