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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)?
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Parenting and caring for children

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.Encouraging and urging onInspiration and inspiring

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.Non-blood relations
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