What does fostering mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fostering, fosteragenoun

    encouragement; aiding the development of something

  2. breeding, bringing up, fostering, fosterage, nurture, raising, rearing, upbringingnoun

    helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community

    "they debated whether nature or nurture was more important"


  1. fosteringnoun

    raising someone to be an accepted member of the community.

  2. fosteringnoun

    encouragement; aiding the development of something


  1. fostering

    Fosterage, the practice of a family bringing up a child not their own, differs from adoption in that the child's parents, not the foster-parents, remain the acknowledged parents. In many modern western societies foster care can be organised by the state to care for children with troubled family backgrounds, usually on a temporary basis. In many pre-modern societies fosterage was a form of patronage, whereby influential families cemented political relationships by bringing up each other's children, similar to arranged marriages, also based on dynastic or alliance calculations. This practice was once common in Ireland, Wales, and Scotland.


  1. fostering

    Fostering refers to the act of encouraging or promoting the development or growth of an idea, relationship, behavior, or individual. This can be seen in various contexts such as child care, where fostering means providing a temporary home for a child, or in education and workplaces where fostering can refer to the nurturing of skills or talent.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fostering

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  1. fire tongs

  2. foresting

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fostering in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fostering in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of fostering in a Sentence

  1. John Sopko:

    We need to understand why U.S. and Afghan anticorruption efforts have consistently fallen short of their objectives, we need to understand how U.S. policies and practices unintentionally aided and abetted corruption, while fostering the perception among Afghans that the international-assistance effort is itself corrupt.

  2. Salvador Gutierrez:

    We got orders to Oklahoma, and as soon as we landed, we basically researched [fostering] and put in for it and the process started right then and there.

  3. The European Space Agency:

    The existence of such complex molecules in a comet, a relic of Solar System, imply that chemical processes at work during that time could have played a key role in fostering the formation of prebiotic material.

  4. Melissa Knicely:

    When you foster one animal, you’re really saving two. Because you’re saving the animal that you’re fostering, and you’re making room for the next animal that needs that spot at the shelter.

  5. Tara Gustilo:

    It’s with a heavy heart that I’m bringing this lawsuit forward. My reasons for doing so are similar to my reasons for speaking out in the first place, i see a racist and divisive ideology of race essentialism taking over our nation and my institution. Further, there seems to be this growing intolerance for people with different opinions or ideas and it seems that this tribalistic ideology is fostering that kind of intolerance.

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