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Definition of foster:

  1. A forester.
  2. One who, or that which, fosters.
  3. Relating to nourishment; affording, receiving, or sharing nourishment or nurture; -- applied to father, mother, child, brother, etc., to indicate that the person so called stands in the relation of parent, child, brother, etc., as regards sustenance and nurture, but not by tie of blood.
  4. To be nourished or trained up together.
  5. To cherish; to promote the growth of; to encourage; to sustain and promote; as, to foster genius.
  6. To feed; to nourish; to support; to bring up.


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