verb (used with object)
- foster brother,
- foster care,
- foster child,
- foster city,
- foster daughter
Origin of foster
Examples from the Web for foster
A grand jury investigated but found Foster had broken no law.
At any rate, policy can enforce equal rights and foster equal opportunity.
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.
Foster's life was more than once in serious danger, but they kept right on and never showed the slightest fear.The Abolitionists|John F. Hume
Tom used to go over to see his foster mother now and then, but always when the old man was from home.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates|Howard Pyle
Six hamlets tenanted by peaceful swains, And dark-eyed maidens, portion'd to the soil, Foster its increase.Olla Podrida|Frederick Marryat
Foster then mounted the platform, and stood for a moment facing the audience without speaking.True to his Colours|Theodore P. Wilson
But Saint Ailbe would look about him at his foster mother and his brothers and would laugh contentedly.The Book of Stories for the Storyteller|Fanny E. Coe
- 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.