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Meaning of foster

fos•ter

Pronunciation: (fô'stur, fos'tur), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to promote the growth or development of; further; encourage: to foster new ideas.
  2. to bring up, raise, or rear, as a foster child.
  3. to care for or cherish.
  4. to place (a child) in a foster home.
  5. to feed or nourish.

Fos•ter

Pronunciation: (fô'stur, fos'tur), [key]
— n.
  1. 1826–64, U.S. songwriter.
  2. 1881–1961, U.S. labor organizer: leader in the Communist party.
  3. a male given name.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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