- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfɒstə/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈfɔstɚ/, /ˈfɑstɚ/
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- Rhymes: -ɒstə(r)
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”).
foster (not comparable)
- (transitive) To nurture or bring up offspring; or to provide similar parental care to an unrelated child.
- (transitive) To cultivate and grow something.
- Our company fosters an appreciation for the arts.
- (transitive) To nurse or cherish something.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To be nurtured or trained up together.
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- (cultivate and grow): hinder
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- fetus (fetus)
- a fetus