Fos·ter v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fostered p. pr. & vb. n. Fostering.]
1. To feed; to nourish; to support; to bring up.
Some say that ravens foster forlorn children. --Shak.
2. To cherish; to promote the growth of; to encourage; to sustain and promote; as, to foster genius.
Fos·ter, v. i. To be nourished or trained up together. [Obs.]
Fos·ter, a. 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 Foster child, an infant or child nursed or raised 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. --Dryden.
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 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.
Fos·ter, n. A forester. [Obs.]
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:
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; "nurture his talents" [syn: nurture]