From Middle English foster, from Old English fōstor (“food, sustenance”), from Proto-Germanic *fōstrą (“nurishment, food”). Cognate with Middle Dutch voester (“nursemaid”), Middle Low German vôster (“food”), Old Norse fóstr (“nurturing, education, alimony, child support”), Danish foster (“fetus”), Swedish foster (“fetus”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfɒstə/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈfɔstɚ/, /ˈfɑstɚ/
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- Rhymes: -ɒstə(ɹ)
foster (not comparable)
- Providing parental care to unrelated children.
- Foster parents.
- Receiving such care.
- Foster child.
- Related by such care.
- We are a foster family.
- (transitive) To nurture or bring up offspring, or to provide similar parental care to an unrelated child.
c. 1588–1593, [William Shakespeare], The Most Lamentable Romaine Tragedie of Titus Andronicus: As It was Plaide by the Right Honourable the Earle of Darbie, Earle of Pembrooke, and Earle of Sussex Their Seruants (the First Quarto), London: Printed by Iohn Danter, and are to be sold by Edward White & Thomas Millington, at the little North doore of Paules at the signe of the Gunne, published 1594, OCLC 222241046, [Act II, scene iii]:
- Some ſay that Rauens foſter forlorne children, / The whilſt their owne birds famiſh in their neſts: / Oh be to me though thy hard hart ſay no, / Nothing ſo kinde but ſomething pittiful.
- (transitive) To cultivate and grow something.
Our company fosters an appreciation for the arts.
2016 February 23, Robbie Collin, “Grimsby review: ‘Sacha Baron Cohen’s vital, venomous action movie’”, in The Daily Telegraph (London):
- Grimsby doesn't ever wound quite as devastatingly as Borat or Brüno, but it's a vital, lavish, venomously profane two fingers up at Benefits Street pity porn and the social division it fosters.
- (transitive) To nurse or cherish something.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To be nurtured or trained up together.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
- (cultivate and grow): hinder
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- “foster” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
- “foster” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.
|Declension of foster|