verb (used with object)
Origin of foster
Synonyms for foster
Antonyms for foster
Related Words for fosterfeed, advance, champion, uphold, harbor, cherish, serve, back, encourage, nurse, forward, further, nurture, stimulate, cultivate, foment, nourish, raise, favor, oblige
Examples from the Web for foster
Contemporary Examples of foster
A grand jury investigated but found Foster had broken no law.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
At any rate, policy can enforce equal rights and foster equal opportunity.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
But he shares with Foster Wallace a gift for exactitude, erudition, and moral concern.
His non-fiction fills, or helps to fill, the void left by Foster Wallace.
During August and September, UNICEF had helped 700 children find a parent or extended family or placed a child in foster care.The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola
November 5, 2014
Historical Examples of foster
The Foster was bound to Belfast, which port we reached without any accident.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
“We'll go over to Mr. Foster's as soon as it is dark,” said Mrs. Dare.
“Mrs. Foster and the girls will come over often,” said Dick.
There is much in our country to create and foster this sentiment.
And daring you may foster in your hearts as much as we in ours.Cyropaedia
- to place (a child) in the care of foster parents
- to bring up under fosterage
Word Origin for foster
Old English *fostrian "to supply with food, nourish, support," from fostor "food, nourishment, bringing up," from Proto-Germanic *fostrom, from root *foth-/*fod- (see food).
Meaning "to bring up a child with parental care" is from c.1200; that of "to encourage or help grow" is early 13c. of things; 1560s of feelings, ideas, etc. Old English also had the adjective meaning "in the same family but not related," in fostorfæder, etc. Related: Fostered; fostering.