[syn: breeding, bringing up, fostering, fosterage, nurture, raising, rearing, upbringing]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Foster \Fos"ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fostered, p. pr. & vb.
n. Fostering.] [OE. fostren, fr. AS. f[=o]ster, f[=o]stor,
food, nourishment, fr. f[=o]da food. [root]75. See Food.]
1. To feed; to nourish; to support; to bring up.
Some say that ravens foster forlorn children.
2. To cherish; to promote the growth of; to encourage; to
sustain and promote; as, to foster genius.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: encouragement; aiding the development of something [syn:
2: helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the
community; "they debated whether nature or nurture was more
important" [syn: breeding, bringing up, fostering,
fosterage, nurture, raising, rearing, upbringing]