Foster meaning

fôstər, fŏstər
Foster is defined as to promote or encourage or to raise a child who is not one's biological or adoptive child.

An example of foster is to help a new company campaign grow.

An example of foster is to take in a child from an orphanage until permanent parents adopt him.

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To bring up; nurture.

Bear and foster offspring.

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To nurture or bring up offspring; or to provide similar parental care to an unrelated child.
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To nurse; cherish.

Foster a secret hope.

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To cultivate and grow something.

Our company fosters an appreciation for the arts.

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To nurse or cherish something.
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Providing parental care and nurture to children not related through legal or blood ties.

Foster parents; foster grandparents; a foster home.

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Receiving parental care and nurture from those not related to one through legal or blood ties.

Foster children.

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To bring up with care; rear.
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To help to grow or develop; stimulate; promote.

To foster discontent.

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To cling to in one's mind; cherish.

Foster a hope.

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Having the standing of a specified member of the family, though not by birth or adoption, and giving, receiving, or sharing the care appropriate to that standing.

Foster parent, foster brother.

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Designating or relating to such care.
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(person) 1826-64; U.S. composer of popular songs.
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(person) 1881-1964; U.S. Communist Party leader.
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Providing parental care to unrelated children.
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Receiving such care.
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Related by such care.
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(uncountable) The care given to another; guardianship.
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An English surname​, variant of Forster.
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A town in Victoria, Australia.
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A town in Indiana.
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A village in Missouri.
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A village in Nebraska.
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A town in Rhode Island.
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A town in Wisconsin.
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To promote the growth and development of; cultivate.

Detect and foster artistic talent.

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Origin of foster

  • Middle English fostren from Old English fōstrian to nourish from fōstor food, nourishing pā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English fostor (“food, sustenance”), from Proto-Germanic *fustrą.

    From Wiktionary