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Definition of "foster" []

  • To bring up; nurture: bear and foster offspring. See Synonyms at nurture. (verb-transitive)
  • To promote the growth and development of; cultivate: detect and foster artistic talent. See Synonyms at advance. (verb-transitive)
  • To nurse; cherish: foster a secret hope. (verb-transitive)
  • Providing parental care and nurture to children not related through legal or blood ties: foster parents; foster grandparents; a foster home. (adjective)
  • Receiving parental care and nurture from those not related to one through legal or blood ties: foster children. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "foster" in a sentence
  • "One of the dogs now in foster is "Trey," a beautiful, 6 - or 7-year-old red pit bull who was likely used for breeding fighting dogs."
  • "One of the dogs now in foster is "Trey," a beautiful, 6 or 7-year-old red pit bull who was likely used for breeding fighting dogs."
  • "To suggest she place her child in foster care is just uncalled for and should be called conduct unbecoming a gentleman."