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Meaning of FOSTER

Pronunciation:  'fostur, 'fostur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  United States songwriter whose songs embody the sentiment of the South before the American Civil War (1826-1864)
  2. [adj]  providing or receiving nurture or parental care though not related by blood or legal ties; "foster parent"; "foster child"; "foster home"; "surrogate father"
  3. [v]  help develop, help grow
  4. [v]  bring up under fosterage; of children
  5. [v]  promote the growth of; "Foster our children's well-being and education"

FOSTER is a 6 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: adoptive, further, nurture, Stephen Collins Foster, Stephen Foster, surrogate
 See Also: advance, ballad maker, boost, bring up, encourage, encourage, keep going, nurture, parent, patronage, patronise, patronize, promote, raise, rear, serve, serve well, songster, songwriter, support



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fos"ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fostered}, p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Fostering}.] [OE. fostren, fr. AS. f[=o]ster, f[=o]stor,
    food, nourishment, fr. f[=o]da food. [root]75. See {Food}.]
    1. To feed; to nourish; to support; to bring up.
             Some say that ravens foster forlorn children.
    2. To cherish; to promote the growth of; to encourage; to
       sustain and promote; as, to foster genius.
  2. \Fos"ter\, v. i.
    To be nourished or trained up together. [Obs.] --Spenser.
  3. \Fos"ter\, a. [AS. f[=o]ster, f[=o]stor, nourishment. See
    {Foster}, v. t.]
    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.
    {Foster} {babe, or child}, an infant of child nursed by a
       woman not its mother, or bred by a man not its father.
    {Foster brother}, {Foster sister}, one who is, or has been,
       nursed at the same breast, or brought up by the same nurse
       as another, but is not of the same parentage.
    {Foster dam}, one who takes the place of a mother; a nurse.
    {Foster earth}, earth by which a plant is nourished, though
       not its native soil. --J. Philips.
    { Foster father}, a man who takes the place of a father in
       caring for a child. --Bacon.
    {Foster land}.
    (a) Land allotted for the maintenance of any one. [Obs.]
    (b) One's adopted country.
    {Foster lean} [foster + AS. l[ae]n a loan See {Loan}.],
       remuneration fixed for the rearing of a foster child;
       also, the jointure of a wife. [Obs.] --Wharton.
    {Foster mother}, a woman who takes a mother's place in the
       nurture and care of a child; a nurse.
    {Foster nurse}, a nurse; a nourisher. [R.] --Shak.
    {Foster parent}, a foster mother or foster father.
    {Foster son}, a male foster child.
  4. \Fos"ter\, n.
    A forester. [Obs.] --Spenser.
  5. \Fos"ter\, n.
    One who, or that which, fosters.
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