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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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  • He opened the newspaper, folded it twice, and tossed it down on stephen foster's desk.

    In Friendship's Guise Wm. Murray Graydon
  • stephen foster was here at sunrise with a part of a buck, which he says was shot yesterday.

    Horse-Shoe Robinson John Pendleton Kennedy
  • "I won't give her up," he replied; and in the words there was a hidden menace which stephen foster understood.

    In Friendship's Guise Wm. Murray Graydon
  • He entered a first-class smoker, and nodded to stephen foster.

    In Friendship's Guise Wm. Murray Graydon
  • A remark that would not look well in print escaped stephen foster's lips as he threw the paper on his desk.

    In Friendship's Guise Wm. Murray Graydon
  • stephen foster drew his own chair closer and leaned forward.

    In Friendship's Guise Wm. Murray Graydon
  • She had married a fellow-abolitionist, stephen foster, even more unrelenting than she.

    Susan B. Anthony Alma Lutz
  • "It was like your cursed cunning," exclaimed stephen foster.

    In Friendship's Guise Wm. Murray Graydon
  • Jack understood the meaning of it, and hated stephen foster in his heart.

    In Friendship's Guise Wm. Murray Graydon
  • "I am ready to admit all that," was stephen foster's curt reply.

    In Friendship's Guise Wm. Murray Graydon
British Dictionary definitions for stephen 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 stephen foster

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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