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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Foster \Fos"ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fostered}, p. pr. & vb.
n. {Fostering}.] [OE. fostren, fr. AS. f[=o]ster, f[=o]stor,
food, nourishment, fr. f[=o]da food. [root]75. See {Food}.]
1. To feed; to nourish; to support; to bring up.

Some say that ravens foster forlorn children.

2. To cherish; to promote the growth of; to encourage; to
sustain and promote; as, to foster genius.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Foster \Fos"ter\, v. i.
To be nourished or trained up together. [Obs.] --Spenser.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Foster \Fos"ter\, a. [AS. f[=o]ster, f[=o]stor, nourishment. See
{Foster}, v. t.]
Relating to nourishment; affording, receiving, or sharing
nourishment or nurture; -- applied to father, mother, child,
brother, etc., to indicate that the person so called stands
in the relation of parent, child, brother, etc., as regards
sustenance and nurture, but not by tie of blood.

{Foster} {babe, or child}, an infant of child nursed by a
woman not its mother, or bred by a man not its father.

{Foster brother}, {Foster sister}, one who is, or has been,
nursed at the same breast, or brought up by the same nurse
as another, but is not of the same parentage.

{Foster dam}, one who takes the place of a mother; a nurse.

{Foster earth}, earth by which a plant is nourished, though
not its native soil. --J. Philips.

{ Foster father}, a man who takes the place of a father in
caring for a child. --Bacon.

{Foster land}.
(a) Land allotted for the maintenance of any one. [Obs.]
(b) One's adopted country.

{Foster lean} [foster + AS. l[ae]n a loan See {Loan}.],
remuneration fixed for the rearing of a foster child;
also, the jointure of a wife. [Obs.] --Wharton.

{Foster mother}, a woman who takes a mother's place in the
nurture and care of a child; a nurse.

{Foster nurse}, a nurse; a nourisher. [R.] --Shak.

{Foster parent}, a foster mother or foster father.

{Foster son}, a male foster child.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Foster \Fos"ter\, n.
A forester. [Obs.] --Spenser.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Foster \Fos"ter\, n.
One who, or that which, fosters.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : providing or receiving nurture or parental care though not
related by blood or legal ties; "foster parent";
"foster child"; "foster home"; "surrogate father" [syn:
n : United States songwriter whose songs embody the sentiment of
the South before the American Civil War (1826-1864) [syn:
{Foster}, {Stephen Foster}, {Stephen Collins Foster}]
v 1: promote the growth of; "Foster our children's well-being and
education" [syn: {further}]
2: bring up under fosterage; of children
3: help develop, help grow [syn: {nurture}]

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