Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
   
Display options
 
Lookup History
foster

fos·ter

foster

 
 
pronunciation:
faw str
parts of speech:
transitive verb, adjective
features:
Word Combinations (verb, adjective)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: fostered, fostering, fosters
definition 1: to encourage and aid the growth or development of.
Her parents fostered her dream of going to the Olympics.Unfair treatment tends to foster anger and hatred.
antonyms:
neglect, restrain, suppress
similar words:
cherish, cultivate, encourage, forward, nourish, nurture, promote, provoke
definition 2: to nurture and rear, as a parent.
She fostered her niece as if she were her own child.
similar words:
breed, nourish
definition 3: to nurture and cherish (hopes, wishes, or the like).
He had always fostered the hope that a cure for the disease would be found during his lifetime.
similar words:
cherish
Word CombinationsSubscriber feature About this feature
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: giving or receiving parental care and nurture although not related biologically or legally.
The boys were sent to a foster home.The family decided to adopt their foster child.
Word CombinationsSubscriber feature About this feature