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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: encouraged or promoted in growth or development; "dreams of
             liberty nourished by the blood of patriots cannot
             easily be given up" [syn: nourished]
      2: provided with parental care and nurture especially by a
         surrogate or surrogates