1. A man who sponsors a person at baptism.
2. One that has a relationship to another person or to something that is the equivalent of being a baptismal sponsor: the godfather of a new generation of nuclear physicists.
3. Slang The leader of an organized crime family.
tr.v. god·fa·thered, god·fa·ther·ing, god·fa·thers
To serve as or as if a godfather to.
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