According to Merriam-Webster.com, father is a man who has begotten a child.The etymology of Father: Middle English fader, from Old English fæder; akin to Old High German father father, Latin pater, Greek patēr.
According to me: I feel the best definition that describes the word "father" is, a male figure that takes care of his young. To help them on the way to adulthood and to spend as much time with them.
Other similar words to father coming from me would be: dad, daddy, old man, papa.
A father shows his children the things that need to be done to succeed in life, such as teaching them how to work, help their family with what is needed, and to pay attention in school so they can get a good job. He also shows support and decision making techniques that will be useful as they grow up, such as what to believe in, and the role his child might make in the future.
In order to become a father you must have at least one child. This could mean blood related or adoption.
Another meaning of Father to others would be a priest which in this case they have a similarity and a difference. A similarity is that they are spelt the exact same. But the difference is they have totally different meanings. A priest is someone that performs religious acts between humans and God.
To me, a father is not someone that abuses his children, is not present in his child's life, or does not want to associate with his children's lives.
The word father can be spelt the same but have many different meanings. So when the word father is said it might mean a male figure that takes care of their young to me, but to others it could have a totally different meaning.
"Father." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 8 Mar. 2017.