English dictionary

Hint: In most browsers you can lookup any word by double click it.

English adjective: foster

1. foster providing or receiving nurture or parental care though not related by blood or legal ties

SamplesFoster parent.
Foster child.
Foster home.
Surrogate father.




English noun: Foster

1. Foster (person) United States songwriter whose songs embody the sentiment of the South before the American Civil War (1826-1864)

SynonymsStephen Collins Foster, Stephen Foster

Instance hypernymballad maker, songster, songwriter

English verb: foster

1. foster (social) promote the growth of

SamplesFoster our children's well-being and education.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)advance, boost, encourage, further, promote

2. foster (social) bring up under fosterage; of children

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)bring up, nurture, parent, raise, rear

3. foster (communication) help develop, help grow

SamplesNurture his talents.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)encourage

Narrower (hyponym)keep going, patronage, patronise, patronize, serve, serve well, support

Based on WordNet 3.0 copyright © Princeton University.
Web design: Orcapia v/Per Bang. English edition: .
2018 onlineordbog.dk