• (RP) IPA: /ˈfɒstə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈfɔstɚ/, /ˈfɑstɚ/

foster (not comparable)

  1. Providing parental care to children not related to oneself.
    foster parents
  2. Receiving such care.
    a foster child
  3. Related by such care.
    We are a foster family.
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  1. (countable, informal) A foster parent.
    Some fosters end up adopting.
  2. (uncountable) The care given to another; guardianship.

foster (fosters, present participle fostering; past and past participle fostered)

  1. (transitive) To nurture#Verb|nurture or bring up offspring, or to provide similar parental care#Noun|care to an unrelated child.
  2. (transitive) To cultivate and grow something.
    Our company fosters an appreciation for the arts.
  3. (transitive) To nurse#Verb|nurse or cherish something.
  4. (intransitive, obsolete) To be nurtured or trained up together.
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foster (plural fosters)

  1. (obsolete) A forester.

Proper noun
  1. Surname, variant of Forster.
  2. A male given name.
  3. A town in Rhode Island, ;.
  4. A town in Victoria.
  5. A town in Oklahoma.
  6. A village in Missouri, ;.
  7. A town in Wisconsin.
  8. A village in Nebraska, ;.

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