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foster

[faw-ster, fos-ter] /ˈfɔ stər, ˈfɒs tər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to promote the growth or development of; further; encourage:
to foster new ideas.
2.
to bring up, raise, or rear, as a foster child.
3.
to care for or cherish.
4.
British. to place (a child) in a foster home.
5.
Obsolete. to feed or nourish.
Origin of foster
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English fōstor nourishment, fōstrian to nourish; cognate with Old Norse fōstr; akin to food
Related forms
fosterer, noun
fosteringly, adverb
unfostered, adjective
unfostering, adjective
Synonyms
1. favor, forward, advance; foment, instigate. 2. nurse, nourish, sustain, support, maintain. 3. See cherish.
Antonyms
1. discourage.

Foster

[faw-ster, fos-ter] /ˈfɔ stər, ˈfɒs tər/
noun
1.
Stephen (Collins) 1826–64, U.S. songwriter.
2.
William Z(ebulon)
[zeb-yuh-luh n] /ˈzɛb yə lən/ (Show IPA),
1881–1961, U.S. labor organizer: leader in the Communist Party.
3.
a male given name.
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  • Meantime the big Mexican, Coy, showed up from somewhere, just as foster had.

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  • And daring you may foster in your hearts as much as we in ours.

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  • When he was quite certain that his foster sister had not returned, he presumed the truth—that she was lost in the forest.

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  • But there was in foster a very genuine aversion to that match.

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  • He had come to-day, partly to have a talk with his friend foster about certain gossip he had heard.

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British Dictionary definitions for foster

foster

/ˈfɒstə/
verb (transitive)
1.
to promote the growth or development of
2.
to bring up (a child, etc); rear
3.
to cherish (a plan, hope, etc) in one's mind
4.
(mainly Brit)
  1. to place (a child) in the care of foster parents
  2. to bring up under fosterage
adjective
5.
(in combination) indicating relationship through fostering and not through birth: foster mother, foster child
6.
(in combination) of or involved in the rearing of a child by persons other than his natural or adopted parents: foster home
Derived Forms
fosterer, noun
fostering, noun
Word Origin
Old English fōstrian to feed, from fōstorfood

Foster

/ˈfɒstə/
noun
1.
Jodie. born 1962, US film actress and director: her films include Taxi Driver (1976), The Accused (1988), The Silence of the Lambs (1990), Little Man Tate (1991; also directed), Nell (1995), and Panic Room (2002)
2.
Norman, Baron. born 1935, British architect. His works include the Willis Faber building (1978) in Ipswich, Stansted Airport, Essex (1991), Chek Lap Kok Airport, Hong Kong (1998), the renovation of the Reichstag, Berlin (1999), and City Hall, London (2002)
3.
Stephen Collins. 1826–64, US composer of songs such as The Old Folks at Home and Oh Susanna
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Word Origin and History for foster
v.

Old English *fostrian "to supply with food, nourish, support," from fostor "food, nourishment, bringing up," from Proto-Germanic *fostrom, from root *foth-/*fod- (see food).

Meaning "to bring up a child with parental care" is from c.1200; that of "to encourage or help grow" is early 13c. of things; 1560s of feelings, ideas, etc. Old English also had the adjective meaning "in the same family but not related," in fostorfæder, etc. Related: Fostered; fostering.

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