Definition of foster in English:

foster

verb

[with object]
  • 1Encourage the development of (something, especially something desirable)

    ‘the teacher's task is to foster learning’
    • ‘The sports will preferably offer participation in a team-based environment that encourages and fosters the development of esprit de corps.’
    • ‘We are becoming increasingly aware of this explosion of scholarship, and we want to do everything in our power to encourage and foster this development.’
    • ‘We believe that the Animal Enterprise Act must be updated to ensure that individuals and companies are protected and drug development is fostered.’
    • ‘These, he said, are the fundamentals of the interactive participative learning environment that can foster an innovative culture in Ireland.’
    • ‘Appropriate use of such assessments fosters learning and development and positively affects commitment and retention.’
    • ‘Rewards assisted in encouraging and fostering a positive learning environment.’
    • ‘The temple can serve to foster spiritual growth and development.’
    • ‘A writing contest is one approach, but there are many other ways that a newsroom can foster a learning culture that is dedicated to excellence.’
    • ‘From the perspective of immigrant writers it seems clear that Anglo-American culture fosters and encourages cheerfulness, positive thinking, and staying in control.’
    • ‘Online writing workshops, discussion sites and newsletters also foster a sense of writing community.’
    • ‘Since laughter is often contagious, it also fosters a sense of connection to others.’
    • ‘A sense of reverence and humility foster the spirit most conducive to creation.’
    • ‘Inflationary policies conducted for long periods of time not only foster the growth of government but also depress economic activity.’
    • ‘The group's attempts to be more than a talk shop have often only fostered more discord.’
    • ‘Academic freedom should be more highly valued and more actively fostered.’
    • ‘Both support learners in articulating their knowledge and thus foster learning as a constructive process.’
    • ‘Fourth, the environment that a company builds should foster learning and the exchange of knowledge.’
    • ‘Educational efforts, on the other hand, trigger guilt, thereby fostering the retreat into further denial.’
    • ‘Now, there is an opportunity to foster understanding and dialogue.’
    • ‘Is this going to help change things and foster understanding?’
    encourage, promote, further, stimulate, advance, forward, cultivate, nurture, strengthen, enrich, help, aid, abet, assist, contribute to, support, endorse, champion, speak for, proselytize, sponsor, espouse, uphold, back, boost, give backing to, facilitate
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    1. 1.1Develop (a feeling or idea) in oneself.
      ‘appropriate praise helps a child foster a sense of self-worth’
      • ‘Since the students and other volunteers accomplish most of the work, a sense of community pride is fostered.’
      • ‘The advertisements kids see around the holidays can help foster unrealistic expectations and lead to disappointment.’
      • ‘Take a big does of Venus, goddess of beauty and love, and use her energy to foster a healthy self-esteem and noble sense of self-worth.’
      • ‘My beef is the lack of communication that often fosters false expectations in patients, who then blame the local doctors when things turn out worse than they hoped.’
  • 2Bring up (a child that is not one's own by birth)

    ‘a person who would foster Holly was found’
    • ‘As someone who has successfully fostered a child who is now an adult, Pat Whelen said she would definitely recommend it.’
    • ‘Each year a group of local people who have been to Russia and now have fostered children run a dinner dance in Tubbercurry.’
    • ‘What is most noteworthy about them is that they are indistinguishable from those who fostered children in the context of informal circulation.’
    • ‘So in my middle 30s I fostered many children and am in the process of finalizing the adoption of two of them.’
    • ‘I know someone who fostered a child for over ten years.’
    • ‘One of the raids was at the home of an elderly woman in a wheelchair and another was at the house of a pensioner who fostered children.’
    • ‘Finally, we built an extension for the kids and we have also fostered children over the years.’
    • ‘But if you only foster a child for part of the year - which you may, since your children take you on holiday and so forth - you get the pension credit back at the full rate for the time you don't work.’
    • ‘Porter reveals plan to foster children with special needs’
    • ‘Apart from their own seven children and step-children, he and his wife fostered a child from the age of four.’
    • ‘My parents foster kids all the time and they wouldn't have minded at all.’
    • ‘Serena Allott talks to parents whose willingness to foster children ensures that the nest is never empty.’
    • ‘Caroline gained her understanding of what was required when looking after children when she helped with her younger siblings, and watching her parents who fostered babies and young children.’
    • ‘A daughter whose parents fostered more than 20 children in Bradford is seeking help to track them down as a 60th birthday present for her father.’
    • ‘My parents fostered my mother's half-sister's daughter for a year.’
    • ‘But the baby boy isn't Karen's son, he is one of the children she and her husband are fostering.’
    • ‘This may be getting more involved than they contemplated when they agreed to foster children for the local authority.’
    • ‘At the moment we have a particular need for people prepared to foster children over 10.’
    • ‘We grew up together while a close friend of my mother was fostering me.’
    bring up, rear, raise, care for, take care of, look after, nurture, provide for
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    1. 2.1British (of a parent or authority) assign (a child) to be brought up by someone other than its parents.
      ‘when fostering out a child, placement workers will be looking for a home similar to their own’
      • ‘Verina Weaver, executive councillor for social care, revealed how a number of people were caring for children fostered out by Essex.’
      • ‘The child was fostered out and lived for years in Manchester.’

Origin

Old English fōstrian ‘feed, nourish’, from fōster‘food, nourishment’, of Germanic origin; related to food. The sense ‘bring up another's (originally also one's own) child’ dates from Middle English. See also foster-.

Pronunciation

foster

/ˈfɒstə/