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  • n. An act of fostering another's child as if it were your own.
  • n. A condition of being the foster child.
  • n. Promoting or encouragement given by act or word.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The care of a foster child; the charge of nursing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of fostering, nursing:, or nourishing; specifically, the rearing of another's child as one's own, in the relation of foster-parent and foster-child.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community
  • n. encouragement; aiding the development of something


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  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary:


    Date: 1614

    1 : the act of fostering

    2 : a custom once prevalent in Ireland, Wales, and Scotland of entrusting one's child to foster parents to be brought up

    February 14, 2008