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foster

adjective fos·ter \ ˈfȯ-stər , ˈfä- \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of foster

:affording, receiving, or sharing nurture or parental care though not related by blood or legal ties
  • They are foster parents to three foster children.

Recent Examples of foster from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of foster

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


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foster

verb

Definition of foster

fostered; fostering play \ˈfȯ-st(ə-)riŋ, ˈfä-\
transitive verb
1 :to give parental care to :nurture
  • They are considering fostering a child.
2 :to promote the growth or development of :encourage
  • fostered the college in its early years
  • policies that foster competition

fosterer

play \ˈfȯ-stər-ər, ˈfä-\ noun

Examples of foster in a Sentence

  1. Such conditions foster the spread of the disease.

  2. Would you consider fostering a child?

Recent Examples of foster from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of foster


Foster

biographical name Fos·ter \ ˈfȯ-stər , ˈfä- \

Definition of Foster

Stephen Collins 1826–1864 American songwriter

Foster

biographical name

Definition of Foster

William Z(ebulon) 1881–1961 American Communist


FOSTER Defined for English Language Learners

foster

adjective

Definition of foster for English Language Learners

  • —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


foster

verb

Definition of foster for English Language Learners

  • : 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


FOSTER Defined for Kids

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foster

adjective fos·ter \ ˈfȯ-stər \

Definition of foster for Students

: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

verb

Definition of foster for Students

fostered; fostering
1 :to give parental care to
2 :to help the growth and development of We're trying to foster a sense of responsibility.

Law Dictionary

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foster

adjective fos·ter

legal Definition of foster

:affording, receiving, or sharing nurture or parental care though not related by blood or legal relationships
  • a foster child
  • a foster parent

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foster

transitive verb

legal Definition of foster

fostered; fostering
:to give parental care to


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