[faw-ster, fos-ter]

before 1000; Middle English; Old English fōstor nourishment, fōstrian to nourish; cognate with Old Norse fōstr; akin to food

fosterer, noun
fosteringly, adverb
unfostered, adjective
unfostering, adjective

1. favor, forward, advance; foment, instigate. 2. nurse, nourish, sustain, support, maintain. 3. See cherish.

1. discourage. Unabridged
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foster (ˈfɒstə)
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.  chiefly (Brit)
 a.  to place (a child) in the care of foster parents
 b.  to bring up under fosterage
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
[Old English fōstrian to feed, from fōstorfood]

Foster (ˈfɒstə)
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 & History

O.E. *fostrian "to supply with food, nourish, support," from fostor "food, nourishment, bringing up," from P.Gmc. *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. O.E. also had the adj. meaning "in the same family but not related," in fostorfæder, etc. Related: Fostered; fostering.
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Example sentences
He captured pictures fostering appreciation of both the beauty and fragility of
  the seas.
And those who were genuinely interested in fostering friendships tended to
  react in healthful, positive ways.
Unstructured playtime is critical to learning problem-solving skills and
  fostering creativity.
Part of the poetic vitality of the fifties, as you say, was shown in their
  fostering of ambitious undertakings in translation.
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