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ˈfɔ stər, ˈfɒs tərFos·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Foster, Stephen Foster, Stephen Collins Fosteradjective

    United States songwriter whose songs embody the sentiment of the South before the American Civil War (1826-1864)

  2. foster, surrogateverb

    providing or receiving nurture or parental care though not related by blood or legal ties

    "foster parent"; "foster child"; "foster home"; "surrogate father"

  3. foster, furtherverb

    promote the growth of

    "Foster our children's well-being and education"

  4. fosterverb

    bring up under fosterage; of children

  5. foster, nurtureverb

    help develop, help grow

    "nurture his talents"


  1. fosternoun

    A forester

  2. fosternoun

    The care given to another; guardianship

  3. fosterverb

    To nurture or bring up offspring; or to provide similar parental care to an unrelated child.

  4. fosterverb

    To cultivate and grow something.

    Our company fosters an appreciation for the arts.

  5. fosterverb

    To nurse or cherish something.

  6. fosteradjective

    Providing parental care to unrelated children.

  7. fosteradjective

    receiving such care

  8. fosteradjective

    Related by such care

  9. Fosternoun

    An English surname, variant of Forster.

  10. Fosternoun

    A male given name transferred from the surname.

  11. Fosternoun

    A town in Rhode Island; named for Rhode Island statesman Theodore Foster.

  12. Fosternoun

    A town in Victoria.

  13. Fosternoun

    A town in Oklahoma.

  14. Fosternoun

    A village in Missouri; named for Ohio governor Charles Foster.

  15. Fosternoun

    A town in Wisconsin.

  16. Fosternoun

    A village in Nebraska; named for George Foster, original owner of town's site.

  17. Etymology: (This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fosterverb

    to feed; to nourish; to support; to bring up

  2. Fosterverb

    to cherish; to promote the growth of; to encourage; to sustain and promote; as, to foster genius

  3. Fosterverb

    to be nourished or trained up together

  4. Fosterverb

    relating to nourishment; affording, receiving, or sharing nourishment or nurture; -- applied to father, mother, child, brother, etc., to indicate that the person so called stands in the relation of parent, child, brother, etc., as regards sustenance and nurture, but not by tie of blood

  5. Fosternoun

    a forester

  6. Fosternoun

    one who, or that which, fosters

  7. Etymology: [OE. fostren, fr. AS. fster, fstor, food, nourishment, fr. fda food. 75. See Food.]


  1. Foster

    Foster is a town in Providence County, Rhode Island, in the United States. The population was 4,606 at the 2010 census.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Foster

    fos′tėr, v.t. to bring up or nurse: to encourage.—ns. Fos′terāge, the act of fostering or nursing; Fos′ter-broth′er, a male child, fostered or brought up with another of different parents; Fos′ter-child, a child nursed or brought up by one who is not its parent; Fos′ter-daugh′ter; Fos′terer; Fos′ter-fa′ther, one who brings up a child in place of its father; Fos′terling, a foster-child; Fos′ter-moth′er, one who suckles a child not her own; Fos′ter-nurse (Shak.), a nurse; Fos′ter-par′ent, one who rears a child in the place of its parent; Fos′ter-sis′ter, one brought up as a sister by the same parents, but not a sister by birth; Fos′ter-son, one brought up as a son, though not a son by birth. [A.S. fóstrian, to nourish, fóstor, food.]

  2. Foster

    fos′tėr, n. (Spens.) a forester.

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Foster' in Verbs Frequency: #1110

Anagrams for Foster »

  1. fetors

  2. forest

  3. softer

  4. fortes

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Foster in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Foster in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Foster in a Sentence

  1. Lacey Dunkin:

    I want people to know that foster children are not bad, they’re not broken, children are resilient, and want and need a loving home.

  2. Kevin Love:

    We’ll have to spend a lot of time together, it’s just going to help nurture and foster some great relationships on the floor and that’s going to, I think, bode well for what we’re going to do out there.

  3. Melissa Knicely:

    We have so much information to share to find the right home for that dog, staffing has been an issue from the start of the pandemic, as you can imagine. That's why it’s so important to have people step up and volunteer and foster.

  4. Sandra Chafouleas:

    Maybe you have a small friend group or maybe you're by yourself, you can find the spaces that can foster the emotion that you're looking for.

  5. Candace Phaire:

    Art therapy is being prescribed a lot more to support the mental health of young kids, especially those with social and emotional deficiencies, now with Covid-19, a lot of kids in shelters and also children in foster homes might not have access to art supplies they usually find in school. It's also mental health awareness month, so that's definitely motivating us to ramp it up send even more kits.

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