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foster

verb [T]  us   /ˈfɔs·tər, ˈfɑs-/

foster verb [T] (TAKE CARE OF)

to take care of a child as if it were your own, usually for a limited time, without being the child’s legal parent

foster verb [T] (ENCOURAGE)

to encourage the development or growth of ideas or feelings: I try to foster an appreciation for classical music in my students.

foster

adjective [not gradable]  us   /ˈfɔs·tər, ˈfɑs-/
providing a home or care to a child when you are not their legal parent, or receiving such care, usually for a limited time: A social service agency placed the child with a foster family.
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