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Definition of foster verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    foster

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈfɔstər//
     
    , NAmE//ˈfɑstər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they foster
     
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    he / she / it fosters
     
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    past simple fostered
     
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    -ing form fostering
     
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  1. 1foster something to encourage something to develop synonym encourage, promote The organization's aim is to foster better relations within the community.
  2. 2foster somebody to take another person's child into your home for a period of time, without becoming his or her legal parents They have fostered over 60 children during the past ten years. Topic CollocationsChildrenhaving a baby/child want (to have) a baby/a child/children/kids start a family conceive/be expecting/be going to have a baby/child miss your period become/get/ be/find out that you are pregnant have a baby/a child/kids/a son/a daughter/twins/a family have a normal/a difficult/an unwanted pregnancy; an easy/a difficult birth/labor be in/go into/induce labor have/suffer/cause a miscarriage give birth to a child/a baby/a daughter/a son/twinsparenting bring up/raise a child/a family care for/watch a baby/child/kid change a diaper/a baby nurse/feed/breastfeed/bottle-feed a baby be entitled to/go on maternity/paternity leave go back/return to work after maternity leave need/find/get a babysitter/high-quality, affordable childcare/a nanny balance/combine work and childcare/child-rearing/family (life) educate/teach/home-school a child/a kid/children punish/discipline/spoil a child/a kid/children adopt/foster a baby/a child/a kid/children offer a baby for/put a baby up for adoption be placed with/be raised by foster parents compare adopt
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: foster