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foster

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adjective fos·ter \ˈfȯs-tər, ˈfäs-\

Simple Definition of foster

  • —used to describe a situation in which for a period of time a child lives with and is cared for by people who are not the child's parents

Full Definition of foster

  1. :  affording, receiving, or sharing nurture or parental care though not related by blood or legal ties

Origin of foster

Middle English, from Old English fōstor-, from fōstor food, feeding; akin to Old English fōda food


First Known Use: before 12th century


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foster

verb fos·ter

Simple Definition of foster

  • : to help (something) grow or develop

  • : to provide the care that a parent usually gives to a child : to be or become the foster parent of a child

Full Definition of foster

fos·teredfos·ter·ing play \-t(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give parental care to :  nurture

  3. 2 :  to promote the growth or development of :  encourage <fostered the college in its early years>

fos·ter·er play \-tər-ər\ noun

Examples of foster

  1. Such conditions foster the spread of the disease.

  2. Would you consider fostering a child?



12th Century

First Known Use of foster

12th century

Rhymes with foster


Foster

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biographical name Fos·ter \ˈfȯs-tər, ˈfäs-\

Definition of Foster

  1. Stephen Collins 1826–1864 Am. songwriter




Foster

biographical name fos·ter

Definition of Foster

  1. William Z(ebulon) 1881–1961 Am. Communist




Foster

biographical name fos·ter

Definition of Foster

  1. William Zebulon 1881–1961 Am. Communist





FOSTER Defined for Kids

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foster

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adjective fos·ter \ˈfȯ-stər\

Definition of foster

  1. :  giving, receiving, or offering parental care even though not related by blood or legal ties <a foster parent> <a foster child> <a foster home>




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foster

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verb fos·ter

Definition of foster

fos·teredfos·ter·ing

  1. 1 :  to give parental care to

  2. 2 :  to help the growth and development of <We're trying to foster a sense of responsibility.>





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