[ faw-sterd, fos-terd ]
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  1. promoted or cultivated: We need to cut through the deliberately fostered confusions that persist in the debate surrounding the referendum campaign.The two-acre garden displays six species of its independently fostered roses.

  2. cared for as a foster child in the home of someone other than the natural or adoptive parents: In that jurisdiction, 17 percent of all fostered children aged 5 to 18 had been in the same placement for more than five years.

  1. (of animals)

    • cared for temporarily as a pet in a home until adoption can be arranged, often because medical care is required: Once recovered, the fostered dogs had a better chance of being adopted than healthy ones straight from the shelter.

    • raised by other than its own biological parents: Two male penguins entrusted with the care of a fostered egg have welcomed a tiny penguin chick into the world.

  1. the simple past tense and past participle of foster.

Origin of fostered

First recorded in 1580–90; foster + -ed2 for the adjective senses; foster + -ed1 for the verb sense

Other words from fostered

  • un·fos·tered, adjective

Words Nearby fostered Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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