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ˈfɔ stər, ˈfɒs tərfos·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Foster, Stephen Foster, Stephen Collins Foster(adj)

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

  2. foster, surrogate(verb)

    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, further(verb)

    promote the growth of

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

  4. foster(verb)

    bring up under fosterage; of children

  5. foster, nurture(verb)

    help develop, help grow

    "nurture his talents"

Wiktionary

  1. foster(Noun)

    A forester

    Etymology: fostor, from fustran.

  2. foster(Noun)

    The care given to another; guardianship

    Etymology: fostor, from fustran.

  3. foster(Verb)

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

    Etymology: fostor, from fustran.

  4. foster(Verb)

    To cultivate and grow something.

    Our company fosters an appreciation for the arts.

    Etymology: fostor, from fustran.

  5. foster(Verb)

    To nurse or cherish something.

    Etymology: fostor, from fustran.

  6. foster(Adjective)

    Providing parental care to unrelated children.

    Etymology: fostor, from fustran.

  7. foster(Adjective)

    receiving such care

    Etymology: fostor, from fustran.

  8. foster(Adjective)

    Related by such care

    Etymology: fostor, from fustran.

  9. Foster(ProperNoun)

    An English surname, variant of Forster.

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  10. Foster(ProperNoun)

    A male given name transferred from the surname.

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  11. Foster(ProperNoun)

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

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  12. Foster(ProperNoun)

    A town in Victoria.

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  13. Foster(ProperNoun)

    A town in Oklahoma.

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  14. Foster(ProperNoun)

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

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  15. Foster(ProperNoun)

    A town in Wisconsin.

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  16. Foster(ProperNoun)

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

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Webster Dictionary

  1. Foster(verb)

    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. Foster(verb)

    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. Foster(verb)

    to be nourished or trained up together

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

  4. Foster(verb)

    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. Foster(noun)

    a forester

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

  6. Foster(noun)

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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Numerology

  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. Anita Waters:

    I don't think (rumors) have a lasting effect as ... explanations of what happened, but they may have a lasting effect in the mistrust that they foster in people.

  2. 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.

  3. Ron Wyden of Oregon:

    A parent’s drug addiction is becoming a growing reason for removing children from their homes and placing them in foster care.

  4. 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.

  5. Andi Harrison:

    There is such a great need in our country for foster parents to provide temporary to long-term care for vulnerable children.

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