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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


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

      n 1: encouragement; aiding the development of something [syn: fosterage]
      2: raising someone to be an accepted member of the community;
         "they debated whether nature or nurture was more
         important" [syn: breeding, bringing up, fosterage, nurture,
          raising, rearing, upbringing]