See also: Foster

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English foster, from Old English fōstor (food, sustenance), from Proto-West Germanic *fōstr, from Proto-Germanic *fōstrą (nourishment, 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 children not related to oneself.
    foster parents
  2. Receiving such care.
    a foster child
  3. Related by such care.
    We are a foster family.
TranslationsEdit

NounEdit

foster (countable and uncountable, plural fosters)

  1. (countable, informal) A foster parent.
    Some fosters end up adopting.
  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.
Usage notesEdit

Modern English makes a distinction between fostering (which is implied to be temporary or informal) and adopting (which is permanent and makes the child legally recognized as part of the family). In older usage the two terms were more interchangeable.

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Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

foster (plural fosters)

  1. (obsolete) A forester.

AnagramsEdit


DanishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse fóstr (rear, raise), from Proto-Germanic *fōstrą.

NounEdit

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

  1. fetus

InflectionEdit


Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Inherited from Old English fōster, from Proto-West Germanic *fōstr, from Proto-Germanic *fōstrą; reinforced by Old English fōstre (fosterer). The vocalism is due to regular shortening before a three-consonant cluster (in the Old English oblique stem fōstr-).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈfɔstər/, /ˈfɔstrə/

NounEdit

foster (plural *fostres)

  1. A child; one of one's progeny.
  2. (chiefly Early Middle English) Food or other care.
  3. (rare) A foster child or adopted child.
  4. (rare) A foster parent or adoptee.
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DescendantsEdit
  • English: foster
  • Scots: foster
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Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

foster

  1. Alternative form of forester

Etymology 3Edit

VerbEdit

foster

  1. Alternative form of fostren

Norwegian BokmålEdit

 
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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

 
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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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Old EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

fōster n

  1. Alternative form of fōstor

DeclensionEdit


SwedishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse fóstr (rear, raise), from Proto-Germanic *fōstrą.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

foster n

  1. fetus

DeclensionEdit

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

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