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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fa·ther v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fathered p. pr. & vb. n. Fathering.]
 1. To make one's self the father of; to beget.
    Cowards father cowards, and base things sire base.   --Shak.
 2. 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 wit
 Often fathered what he writ.   --Swift.
 3. To provide with a father. [R.]
 Think you I am no stronger than my sex,
 Being so fathered and so husbanded ?   --Shak.
 To father on  or To father upon, to ascribe to, or charge upon, as one's offspring or work; to put or lay upon as being responsible. “Nothing can be so uncouth or extravagant, which may not be fathered on some fetch of wit, or some caprice of humor.” --Barrow.