foster

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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).

Adjective[edit]

foster (not comparable)

  1. Providing parental care to unrelated children.
  2. Receiving such care
  3. Related by such care

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Noun[edit]

foster (countable and uncountable, plural fosters)

  1. (countable, obsolete) A forester
  2. (uncountable) The care given to another; guardianship

Verb[edit]

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?)

Antonyms[edit]

  • (cultivate and grow): hinder

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Danish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse fóstr (rear, raise)

Noun[edit]

foster n (singular definite fostret or fosteret, plural indefinite fostre)

  1. fetus (fetus)

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Swedish[edit]

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Noun[edit]

foster n

  1. a fetus

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