American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To bring up; nurture: bear and foster offspring. See Synonyms at nurture.
- v. To promote the growth and development of; cultivate: detect and foster artistic talent. See Synonyms at advance.
- v. To nurse; cherish: foster a secret hope.
- adj. Providing parental care and nurture to children not related through legal or blood ties: foster parents; foster grandparents; a foster home.
- adj. Receiving parental care and nurture from those not related to one through legal or blood ties: foster children.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To feed; nourish; support; bring up.
- To sustain by aid, care, or encouragement; give support to; cherish; promote: as, to foster the growth of tender plants; to foster an enterprise; to foster pride or genius.
- Synonyms Harbor, etc. (see cherish); to indulge, favor, forward, advance, further, help on.
- To be nourished or trained up together.
- n. A contracted form of forster, forester.
- adj. Providing parental care to unrelated children.
- adj. receiving such care
- adj. Related by such care
- n. countable, obsolete A forester
- n. uncountable The care given to another; guardianship
- v. transitive To nurture or bring up offspring; or to provide similar parental care to an unrelated child.
- v. transitive To cultivate and grow something.
- v. transitive To nurse or cherish something.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To feed; to nourish; to support; to bring up.
- v. To cherish; to promote the growth of; to encourage; to sustain and promote.
- v. obsolete To be nourished or trained up together.
- adj. Relating to nourishment; affording, receiving, or sharing nourishment or nurture; -- applied to father, mother, child, brother, etc., to indicate that the person so called stands in the relation of parent, child, brother, etc., as regards sustenance and nurture, but not by tie of blood.
- n. obsolete A forester.
- v. promote the growth of
- v. bring up under fosterage; of children
- n. United States songwriter whose songs embody the sentiment of the South before the American Civil War (1826-1864)
- v. help develop, help grow
- adj. providing or receiving nurture or parental care though not related by blood or legal ties
- Old English fostor ("food, sustenance"), from Proto-Germanic *fustran. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English fostren, from Old English *fōstrian, to nourish, from fōstor, food, nourishing; see pā- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“One of the dogs now in foster is "Trey," a beautiful, 6 - or 7-year-old red pit bull who was likely used for breeding fighting dogs.”
“One of the dogs now in foster is "Trey," a beautiful, 6 or 7-year-old red pit bull who was likely used for breeding fighting dogs.”
“You know, children in foster care are paid for by you – more $ down the drain ‘entitlements’, eh, bit?”
“To suggest she place her child in foster care is just uncalled for and should be called conduct unbecoming a gentleman.”
“With there child foster care record of losing kids in foster care, you think they be so happy with the fact they actually know were this child is at.”
“The same folks who sign up for Teach for America or take in foster kids or worship a God who urges them to pass around the collection plate for people they've never met.”
“I'm not saying that people shouldn't adopt -- I think there should be more adoption, as there are too many children languishing in foster care.”
“There are over 16,000 children in foster care in New York City, and NYFC is committed to providing them with the essential tools to become successful, self-sufficient adults.”
“New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) is the non-profit organization that partners with the Administration for Children's Services to improve the lives of children in foster care in New York City.”
“On the New Yorkers for Children specially: "For young people placed in foster care, this kind of support can mean the difference between success and failure in life.”
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