foster
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English fōstor-, from fōstor food, feeding; akin to Old English fōda food Date: before 12th century affording, receiving, or sharing nurture or parental care though not related by blood or legal ties II. transitive verb (fostered; fostering) Date: 12th century 1. to give parental care to ; nurture 2. to promote the growth or development of ; encourage <
fostered the college in its early years
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fosterer noun

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  • foster — [fôs′tər, fäs′tər] vt. [ME fostren < OE fostrian, to nourish, bring up < fostor, food, nourishment < base of foda, FOOD] 1. to bring up with care; rear 2. to help to grow or develop; stimulate; promote [to foster discontent] 3. to cling… …   English World dictionary

  • 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. [1913 Webster] Some… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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