to promote the growth or development of; further; encourage: to foster new ideas.
to care for a foster child or a pet as a temporary guardian: The couple fostered two boys until they could be reunited with their birth parents.Have you ever fostered a kitten that you just couldn’t part from afterwards?
to care for or cherish.
British. to place (a child) in a foster home.
Obsolete. to feed or nourish.
- fos·ter·er, noun
- fos·ter·ing·ly, adverb
- un·fos·ter·ing, adjective
Other definitions for Foster (2 of 2)
Stephen (Collins), 1826–64, U.S. songwriter.
William Z(eb·u·lon) [zeb-yuh-luhn], /ˈzɛb yə lən/, 1881–1961, U.S. labor organizer: leader in the Communist Party.
a male given name.
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How to use foster in a sentence
“Overall, Jamie thinks a shift back to the office will be good for the young employees and to foster creative ideas,” Kleinhanzl wrote.JPMorgan’s WFH model changed worker productivity—especially on two days of the week | Claire Zillman, reporter | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
“We are open to everyone and are intentionally trying to foster a diverse community and actively invite people from all walks of life to participate, particularly people of color, women, and the LGBTQ community,” O’Donnell says.
It’s hard to continue to foster a sense of community when we’re all at home for the most part.
Target executives pointed to big gains in categories such as food, electronics, and home goods, items that typically foster in-store visits.Target just had its best quarter ever thanks to pandemic bulk buying | Phil Wahba | August 19, 2020 | Fortune
Rhonda Oliver, a parent who has five foster and adopted children enrolled in Oceanside Unified, said it’s going to be nearly impossible for her family to continue distance learning in the fall.North County Report: School Reopening Tensions Are High in Oceanside | Kayla Jimenez | July 22, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Critics accused foster of giving Duke a payoff to stay out of the race; that was never proven.
A grand jury investigated but found foster had broken no law.
At any rate, policy can enforce equal rights and foster equal opportunity.
A few weeks later, Valentino and her pal, an aspiring actress named Meg foster, met Cosby again at Café Figaro.Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004 | Marlow Stern | November 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then, she says she observed Cosby “sitting in a love seat near foster and she noticed that he had an erection.”Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004 | Marlow Stern | November 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The foster-father, who was an American resident in Hong-Kong, found his eyesight gradually failing him.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
The foster-child remained behind to share the hut of the political exile.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
Major foster hastily collected sixty men and charged on the guns—so shamelessly abandoned by the order of a drunken commander.
The new day had hardly begun when the guerrilla hordes poured down on foster's little army, confident of an easy victory.
To this the guerrillas agreed, and their surprise can be imagined when they found themselves in foster's camp instead of Coffee's.
British Dictionary definitions for foster (1 of 2)
to promote the growth or development of
to bring up (a child, etc); rear
to cherish (a plan, hope, etc) in one's mind
to place (a child) in the care of foster parents
to bring up under fosterage
(in combination) indicating relationship through fostering and not through birth: foster mother; foster child
(in combination) of or involved in the rearing of a child by persons other than his natural or adopted parents: foster home
- fosterer, noun
- fostering, noun
British Dictionary definitions for Foster (2 of 2)
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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