Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “foster”

foster

verb uk   /ˈfɒs.tər/ us    /ˈfɑː.stɚ/

foster verb (TAKE CARE OF)

[I or T] to take care of a child, usually for a limited time, without being the child's legal parent: Would you consider fostering (a child)?
Compare

foster verb (ENCOURAGE)

[T] to encourage the development or growth of ideas or feelings: I'm trying to foster an interest in classical music in my children. They were discussing the best way to foster democracy and prosperity in the former communist countries.

foster

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈfɒs.tər/ us    /ˈfɑː.stɚ/
describes someone or something connected with the care of children, usually for a limited time, by someone who is not the child's legal parent: a foster care/home/child/mother She was taken into care by the local council and placed with a foster family. As a child, he had lived with a succession of foster parents.
(Definition of foster from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of foster?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “foster” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

for starters

used to say that something is the first in a list of things

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More