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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.


Synonymssurrogate


Similaradoptive


Antonymsbiological


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.


Synonymsfurther


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.


Synonymsnurture


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









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