AskDefine | Define foster

Dictionary Definition

foster 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: surrogate] 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]


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]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Foster



  • italbrac RP /ˈfɒstə/
  • italbrac US /ˈfɑːstɚ/
  • Rhymes with: -ɒstə(r)


  1. Providing parental care to unrelated children.
  2. receiving such care


providing parental care to unrelated children
receiving such care


  1. In the context of "countable|obsolete}} A forester

Extensive Definition

Foster is a surname, and may also refer to:
In fiction:
In other uses:

See also

foster in Arabic: فوستر
foster in Czech: Foster
foster in German: Foster
foster in French: Foster
foster in Dutch: Foster
foster in Japanese: フォスター
foster in Low German: Foster
foster in Polish: Foster
foster in Russian: Фостер
foster in Volapük: Foster

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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