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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"


  1. foster(Noun)

    A forester

  2. foster(Noun)

    The care given to another; guardianship

  3. foster(Verb)

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

  4. foster(Verb)

    To cultivate and grow something.

    Our company fosters an appreciation for the arts.

  5. foster(Verb)

    To nurse or cherish something.

  6. foster(Adjective)

    Providing parental care to unrelated children.

  7. foster(Adjective)

    receiving such care

  8. foster(Adjective)

    Related by such care

  9. Foster(ProperNoun)

    , variant of Forster.

  10. Origin: fostor, from fustran.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Foster(verb)

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

  2. Foster(verb)

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

  3. Foster(verb)

    to be nourished or trained up together

  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

  5. Foster(noun)

    a forester

  6. Foster(noun)

    one who, or that which, fosters

  7. Origin: [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.

British National Corpus

  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. Richard Bienvenue:

    Our guys either come from foster care or the court system.

  2. David Helyar:

    Foster golf club and cemetery - Only one stroke away from each other...

  3. Peterson Lent:

    As we see the uptick in foster care placements with the opioid epidemic.

  4. Acevedo Vila:

    It is a solution just to pay the debt, not to foster economic development for Puerto Rico.

  5. Scott Stewart:

    I think probably a lot of them have some truth, he wants to try to foster that whole mystique.

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