foster

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EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

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).

AdjectiveEdit

foster ‎(not comparable)

  1. Providing parental care to unrelated children.
    Foster parents.
  2. Receiving such care.
    foster child
  3. Related by such care.
    We are a foster family.

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NounEdit

foster ‎(countable and uncountable, plural fosters)

  1. (countable, obsolete) A forester
  2. (uncountable) The care given to another; guardianship

VerbEdit

foster ‎(third-person singular simple present fosters, present participle fostering, simple past and past participle fostered)

  1. (transitive) To nurture or bring up offspring; or to provide similar parental care to an unrelated child.
  2. (transitive) To cultivate and grow something.
    Our company fosters an appreciation for the arts.
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  3. (transitive) To nurse or cherish something.
  4. (intransitive, obsolete) To be nurtured or trained up together.
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DanishEdit

Danish Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia da

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse fóstr ‎(rear, raise)

NounEdit

foster n (singular definite fostret or fosteret, plural indefinite fostre)

  1. fetus

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Norwegian BokmålEdit

Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia no

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse fóstr

NounEdit

foster n ‎(definite singular fosteret or fostret, indefinite plural foster or fostre, definite plural fostra or fostrene)

  1. (biology) a fetus or foetus

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Norwegian NynorskEdit

Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia nn

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse fóstr

NounEdit

foster n ‎(definite singular fosteret, indefinite plural foster, definite plural fostera)

  1. (biology) a fetus or foetus

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SwedishEdit

PronunciationEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse fóstr ‎(rear, raise)

NounEdit

foster n

  1. fetus

DeclensionEdit

Inflection of foster 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative foster fostret foster fostren
Genitive fosters fostrets fosters fostrens

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