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fosterverb [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.

fosteradjective [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.
(Definition of foster from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"foster" in British English

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fosterverb

uk   /ˈfɒs.tər/  us   /ˈfɑː.stɚ/

fosteradjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈfɒs.tər/  us   /ˈfɑː.stɚ/
(Definition of foster from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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