foster

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

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.
  2. Receiving such care.
  3. Related by such care.

TranslationsEdit

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.
  3. (transitive) To nurse or cherish something.
  4. (intransitive, obsolete) To be nurtured or trained up together.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)

AntonymsEdit

  • (cultivate and grow): hinder

TranslationsEdit

The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Help:How to check translations.

Derived termsEdit

AnagramsEdit


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

InflectionEdit


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

Related termsEdit

ReferencesEdit


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

Related termsEdit

ReferencesEdit


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

Related termsEdit

Read in another language