JP's struggles revealed his parents' heroic virtue and fostered virtue in others.
It has always been the case that churches, synagogues and mosques have fostered compassionate care for the unfortunate.
Assad has fostered the notion that his secular regime offers religious minorities a protection that rebels will not.
The NCAA cannot deal with the reality of the system that it has fostered for decades.
He died from a culture of gross, proud ignorance, fostered by a ridiculous prohibition that makes us all less safe.
She was the 'great mother' who fostered all vegetation and agriculture.
The divine appetite once fostered, let it select its own food.
Courage, inventiveness and greater strength of intellectual perception have been fostered in civilized woman.
We have—you have disproved the love I was so presumptuous as to believe you fostered for me.
They fostered the idea, selected suitable men, and equipped expeditions.
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.