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fos•ter



Pronunciation: (fô'stur, fos'tur), [key]
v.t.
1. to promote the growth or development of; further; encourage: to foster new ideas.
2. to bring up, raise, or rear, as a foster child.
3. to care for or cherish.
4. Brit.to place (a child) in a foster home.
5. Obs.to feed or nourish.

Fos•ter



Pronunciation: (fô'stur, fos'tur), [key]
n.
1. Stephen (Collins), 1826–64, U.S. songwriter.
2. William Z(eb•u•lon) Pronunciation: (zeb'yu-lun), [key] 1881–1961, U.S. labor organizer: leader in the Communist party.
3. a male given name.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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