Definition of foster in English:

foster

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Encourage the development of (something, especially something desirable):

    ‘the teacher's task is to foster learning’
    • ‘A writing contest is one approach, but there are many other ways that a newsroom can foster a learning culture that is dedicated to excellence.’
    • ‘The sports will preferably offer participation in a team-based environment that encourages and fosters the development of esprit de corps.’
    • ‘Online writing workshops, discussion sites and newsletters also foster a sense of writing community.’
    • ‘Educational efforts, on the other hand, trigger guilt, thereby fostering the retreat into further denial.’
    • ‘Since laughter is often contagious, it also fosters a sense of connection to others.’
    • ‘Now, there is an opportunity to foster understanding and dialogue.’
    • ‘Is this going to help change things and foster understanding?’
    • ‘From the perspective of immigrant writers it seems clear that Anglo-American culture fosters and encourages cheerfulness, positive thinking, and staying in control.’
    • ‘We are becoming increasingly aware of this explosion of scholarship, and we want to do everything in our power to encourage and foster this development.’
    • ‘A sense of reverence and humility foster the spirit most conducive to creation.’
    • ‘Both support learners in articulating their knowledge and thus foster learning as a constructive process.’
    • ‘Fourth, the environment that a company builds should foster learning and the exchange of knowledge.’
    • ‘Academic freedom should be more highly valued and more actively fostered.’
    • ‘Inflationary policies conducted for long periods of time not only foster the growth of government but also depress economic activity.’
    • ‘We believe that the Animal Enterprise Act must be updated to ensure that individuals and companies are protected and drug development is fostered.’
    • ‘Rewards assisted in encouraging and fostering a positive learning environment.’
    • ‘The group's attempts to be more than a talk shop have often only fostered more discord.’
    • ‘The temple can serve to foster spiritual growth and development.’
    • ‘Appropriate use of such assessments fosters learning and development and positively affects commitment and retention.’
    • ‘These, he said, are the fundamentals of the interactive participative learning environment that can foster an innovative culture in Ireland.’
    encourage, promote, further, stimulate, advance, forward, cultivate, nurture, strengthen, enrich, help, aid, abet, assist, contribute to, support, endorse, champion, speak for, proselytize, sponsor, espouse, uphold, back, boost, give backing to, facilitate
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    1. 1.1 Develop (a feeling or idea) in oneself:
      ‘appropriate praise helps a child foster a sense of self-worth’
      • ‘My beef is the lack of communication that often fosters false expectations in patients, who then blame the local doctors when things turn out worse than they hoped.’
      • ‘Since the students and other volunteers accomplish most of the work, a sense of community pride is fostered.’
      • ‘Take a big does of Venus, goddess of beauty and love, and use her energy to foster a healthy self-esteem and noble sense of self-worth.’
      • ‘The advertisements kids see around the holidays can help foster unrealistic expectations and lead to disappointment.’
  • 2Bring up (a child that is not one's own by birth):

    ‘a person who would foster Holly was found’
    • ‘So in my middle 30s I fostered many children and am in the process of finalizing the adoption of two of them.’
    • ‘What is most noteworthy about them is that they are indistinguishable from those who fostered children in the context of informal circulation.’
    • ‘One of the raids was at the home of an elderly woman in a wheelchair and another was at the house of a pensioner who fostered children.’
    • ‘Porter reveals plan to foster children with special needs’
    • ‘Apart from their own seven children and step-children, he and his wife fostered a child from the age of four.’
    • ‘Caroline gained her understanding of what was required when looking after children when she helped with her younger siblings, and watching her parents who fostered babies and young children.’
    • ‘But the baby boy isn't Karen's son, he is one of the children she and her husband are fostering.’
    • ‘Serena Allott talks to parents whose willingness to foster children ensures that the nest is never empty.’
    • ‘At the moment we have a particular need for people from ethnic backgrounds and those prepared to foster children over 10.’
    • ‘Each year a group of local people who have been to Russia and now have fostered children run a dinner dance in Tubbercurry.’
    • ‘Finally, we built an extension for the kids and we have also fostered children over the years.’
    • ‘My parents fostered my mother's half-sister's daughter for a year.’
    • ‘We grew up together while a close friend of my mother was fostering me.’
    • ‘This may be getting more involved than they contemplated when they agreed to foster children for the local authority.’
    • ‘My parents foster kids all the time and they wouldn't have minded at all.’
    • ‘I know someone who fostered a child for over ten years.’
    • ‘A daughter whose parents fostered more than 20 children in Bradford is seeking help to track them down as a 60th birthday present for her father.’
    • ‘As someone who has successfully fostered a child who is now an adult, Pat Whelen said she would definitely recommend it.’
    • ‘But if you only foster a child for part of the year - which you may, since your children take you on holiday and so forth - you get the pension credit back at the full rate for the time you don't work.’
    bring up, rear, raise, care for, take care of, look after, nurture, provide for
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    1. 2.1British (of a parent or authority) assign (a child) to be brought up by someone other than its parents:
      ‘when fostering out a child, placement workers will be looking for a home similar to their own’
      • ‘Verina Weaver, executive councillor for social care, revealed how a number of people were caring for children fostered out by Essex.’
      • ‘The child was fostered out and lived for years in Manchester.’

Origin

Old English fōstrian ‘feed, nourish’, from fōster ‘food, nourishment’, of Germanic origin; related to food. The sense ‘bring up another's (originally also one's own) child’ dates from Middle English. See also foster-.

Pronunciation:

foster

/ˈfɒstə/