Definition of Foster in English :

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Foster meaning in English

Meaning of Foster in English

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1. foster, stephen collins foster, stephen foster

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


2. foster, further

promote the growth of

Example Sentences:
'Foster our children's well-being and education'

3. foster

bring up under fosterage; of children

4. foster, nurture

help develop, help grow

Example Sentences:
'nurture his talents'


5. foster, surrogate

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

Example Sentences:
'foster parent'
'foster child'
'foster home'
'surrogate father'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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verb (transitive)
to promote the growth or development of
to bring up (a child, etc); rear
to cherish (a plan, hope, etc) in one's mind
4. mainly British
to place (a child) in the care of foster parents
to bring up under fosterage
5. (in combination)
indicating relationship through fostering and not through birth
foster mother
foster child
6. (in combination)
of or involved in the rearing of a child by persons other than the child's natural or adopted parents
foster home
Arlene (Isabel). born 1970, Northern Irish politician; leader of the Democratic Unionist Party from 2015; first minister of Northern Ireland (2016–17)
Jodie. born 1962, US film actress and director: her films include Taxi Driver (1976), The Accused (1988), The Silence of the Lambs (1990), Little Man Tate (1991; also directed), Nell (1995), and Panic Room (2002)
Norman, Baron. born 1935, British architect. His works include the Willis Faber building (1978) in Ipswich, Stansted Airport, Essex (1991), Chek Lap Kok Airport, Hong Kong (1998), the renovation of the Reichstag, Berlin (1999), and City Hall, London (2002)
Stephen Collins. 1826–64, US composer of songs such as The Old Folks at Home and Oh Susanna

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Stephen Collins1826-64; U.S. composer of songs
William Z(ebulon)1881-1964; U.S. Communist Party leader
verb transitive
to bring up with care; rear
to help to grow or develop; stimulate; promote
to foster discontent
to cling to in one's mind; cherish
foster a hope
having the standing of a specified member of the family, though not by birth or adoption, and giving, receiving, or sharing the care appropriate to that standing
foster parent, foster brother
designating or relating to such care

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


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American songwriter whose works, such as “Oh! Susannah” (1848) and “Old Folks at Home” (1851), reflect the sentiment of pre-Civil War America.
tr.v. fos·tered, fos·ter·ing, fos·ters
1. To bring up; nurture: bear and foster offspring. See Synonyms at nurture.
2. To promote the growth and development of; cultivate: detect and foster artistic talent. See Synonyms at advance.
3. To nurse; cherish: foster a secret hope.
1. Providing parental care and nurture to children not related through legal or blood ties: foster parents; foster grandparents; a foster home.
2. Receiving parental care and nurture from those not related to one through legal or blood ties: foster children.

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