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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. encouragement; aiding the development of something;
[syn: fostering, fosterage]

2. helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community;
- Example: "they debated whether nature or nurture was more important"
[syn: breeding, bringing up, fostering, fosterage, nurture, raising, rearing, upbringing]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fosterage \Fos"ter*age\ (?; 48), n. The care of a foster child; the charge of nursing. --Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

fosterage n 1: encouragement; aiding the development of something [syn: fostering, fosterage] 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]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

19 Moby Thesaurus words for "fosterage": abetment, advocacy, aegis, auspices, backing, care, championship, charity, countenance, encouragement, favor, goodwill, guidance, interest, patronage, seconding, sponsorship, sympathy, tutelage