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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"

Wiktionary

  1. fosternoun

    A forester

    Etymology: fostor, from fustran.

  2. fosternoun

    The care given to another; guardianship

    Etymology: fostor, from fustran.

  3. fosterverb

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

    Etymology: fostor, from fustran.

  4. fosterverb

    To cultivate and grow something.

    Our company fosters an appreciation for the arts.

    Etymology: fostor, from fustran.

  5. fosterverb

    To nurse or cherish something.

    Etymology: fostor, from fustran.

  6. fosteradjective

    Providing parental care to unrelated children.

    Etymology: fostor, from fustran.

  7. fosteradjective

    receiving such care

    Etymology: fostor, from fustran.

  8. fosteradjective

    Related by such care

    Etymology: fostor, from fustran.

  9. Fosternoun

    An English surname, variant of Forster.

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  10. Fosternoun

    A male given name transferred from the surname.

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  11. Fosternoun

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

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  12. Fosternoun

    A town in Victoria.

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  13. Fosternoun

    A town in Oklahoma.

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  14. Fosternoun

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

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  15. Fosternoun

    A town in Wisconsin.

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  16. Fosternoun

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

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Webster Dictionary

  1. Fosterverb

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

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

  2. Fosterverb

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

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

  3. Fosterverb

    to be nourished or trained up together

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

  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

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

  5. Fosternoun

    a forester

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

  6. Fosternoun

    one who, or that which, fosters

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

Freebase

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

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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. Victor Casale:

    I have spent my life trying to create truly global shade palettes because I know what its like to be with a person who has finally found their exact match. They feel included and recognized, and I am hoping every child who uses these crayons and finds their shade will have that feeling, with the world growing more diverse than ever before, Crayola hopes our new Colors of the World crayons will increase representation and foster a greater sense of belonging and acceptance.

  2. Isabella Rossellini:

    Especially in American cinema, you foster an audience of young males, if you foster an audience for subjects that are interesting to women then you also have an audience that is interested in these subjects. A lot of films where people punch each other... I'm not interested.

  3. Christian Bripschgi:

    In the murder-free zone we were looking to create, nobody will be killed with guns, knives, sticks, or anything of the sort, college is a place where ideas collide, and the administration should be there to foster an environment where that can take place.

  4. Karoline Edtstadler:

    The positive thing, of course, is we have to foster Jewish life.

  5. Peterson Lent:

    They were not planning for this, they may have gotten a call in the middle of the night saying ‘Take this child or they’re going to end up in foster care.’.

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