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GOD'F`ATHER, n. The man who is sponsor for a child at baptism, who promises to answer for his future conduct and that he shall follow a life of piety, by this means laying himself under an indispensable obligation to instruct the child and watch over his conduct. This practice is of high antiquity in the christian church, and was probably intended to prevent children from being brought up in idolatry, in case the parents died before the children had arrived to years of discretion. In the catholic church the number of godfathers and godmothers is reduced to two; in the church of England, to three; but formerly the number was not limited.

GOD'F`ATHER, v.t. To act as godfather; to take under one's fostering care.




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GOD'F`ATHER, n. The man who is sponsor for a child at baptism, who promises to answer for his future conduct and that he shall follow a life of piety, by this means laying himself under an indispensable obligation to instruct the child and watch over his conduct. This practice is of high antiquity in the christian church, and was probably intended to prevent children from being brought up in idolatry, in case the parents died before the children had arrived to years of discretion. In the catholic church the number of godfathers and godmothers is reduced to two; in the church of England, to three; but formerly the number was not limited.

GOD'F`ATHER, v.t. To act as godfather; to take under one's fostering care.


GOD'FA-THER, n. [Sax. god and f├Žder. The Saxons used also godsibb, good relation.]

The man who is sponsor for a child at baptism, who promises to answer for his future conduct and that he shall follow a life of piety, by this means laying himself under an indispensable obligation to instruct the child and watch over his conduct. This practice is of high antiquity in the Christian church, and was probably intended to prevent children from being brought up in idolatry, in case the parents died before the children had arrived to years of discretion. In the Romish church the number of godfathers and godmothers is reduced to two; in the Church of England, to three; but formerly the number was not limited. Encyc.


GOD'FA-THER, v.t.

To act as godfather; to take under one's fostering care. Burke.


God"fa`ther
  1. A man who becomes sponsor for a child at baptism, and makes himself a surety for its Christian training and instruction.

    There shall be for every Male-child to be baptized, when they can be had, two Godfathers and one Godmother; and for every Female, one Godfather and two Godmothers; and Parents shall be admitted as Sponsors, if it is desired. Book of Common Prayer (Prot. Episc. Ch., U. S. ).

  2. To act as godfather to; to take under one's fostering care.

    [R.] Burke.
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Godfather

GOD'F'ATHER, noun The man who is sponsor for a child at baptism, who promises to answer for his future conduct and that he shall follow a life of piety, by this means laying himself under an indispensable obligation to instruct the child and watch over his conduct. This practice is of high antiquity in the christian church, and was probably intended to prevent children from being brought up in idolatry, in case the parents died before the children had arrived to years of discretion. In the catholic church the number of godfathers and godmothers is reduced to two; in the church of England, to three; but formerly the number was not limited.

GOD'F'ATHER, verb transitive To act as godfather; to take under one's fostering care.

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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attend

ATTEND', v.t. [L. attendo; ad and tendo, to stretch, to tend. See Tend.]

1. To go with, or accompany, as a companion, minister or servant.

2. To be present; to accompany or be united to; as a cold attended with fever.

3. To be present for some duty, implying charge or oversight; to wait on; as, the physician or the nurse attends the sick.

4. To be present in business; to be in company from curiosity, or from some connection in affairs; as, lawyers or spectators attend a court.

5. To be consequent to, from connection of cause; as, a measure attended with ill effects.

6. To await; to remain, abide or be in store for; as, happiness or misery attends us after death.

7. To wait for; to lie in wait.

8. To wait or stay for.

Three days I promised to attend my doom.

9. To accompany with solicitude; to regard.

Their hunger thus appeased, their care attends.

The doubtful fortune of their absent friends.

10. To regard; to fix the mind upon.

The pilot doth not attend the unskillful words of the passenger.

This is not now a legitimate sense. To express this idea, we now use the verb intransitively, with to, attend to.

11. To expect. [Not in use.]

ATTEND', v.i.

1. To listen; to regard with attention; followed by to.

Attend to the voice of my supplication. Ps. 86.

Hence much used in the imperative, attend!

2. To regard with observation, and correspondent practice.

My son, attend to my words.

Hence, to regard with compliance.

He hath attended to the voice of my prayer. Ps. 64.

3. To fix the attention upon, as an object of pursuit; to be busy or engaged in; as, to attend to the study of the scriptures.

4. To wait on; to accompany or be present, in pursuance of duty; with on or upon; as, to attend upon a committee; to attend upon business. Hence,

5. To wait on, in service or worship; to serve.

That ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.

1Cor. 7.

6. To stay; to delay. Obs.

For this perfection she must yet attend,

Till to her maker she espoused be.

7. To wait; to be within call.

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