Foster

Definition of Foster

Fos´ter
v. t.1.To feed; to nourish; to support; to bring up.
[imp. & p. p. Fostered p. pr. & vb. n. Fostering.]
Some say that ravens foster forlorn children.
- Shak.
2.To cherish; to promote the growth of; to encourage; to sustain and promote; as, to foster genius.
v. i.1.To be nourished or trained up together.
a.1.Relating to nourishment; affording, receiving, or sharing nourishment or nurture; - applied to father, mother, child, brother, etc., to indicate that the person so called stands in the relation of parent, child, brother, etc., as regards sustenance and nurture, but not by tie of blood.
Foster babe
an infant or child nursed or raised by a woman not its mother, or bred by a man not its father.
Foster brother
one who is, or has been, nursed at the same breast, or brought up by the same nurse as another, but is not of the same parentage.
Foster dam
one who takes the place of a mother; a nurse.
Foster earth
earth by which a plant is nourished, though not its native soil.
- Dryden.
Foster father
a man who takes the place of a father in caring for a child.
- J. Philips.
Foster land
a - Land allotted for the maintenance of any one.
- Bacon.
b - One's adopted country.
Foster lean
remuneration fixed for the rearing of a foster child; also, the jointure of a wife.
Foster mother
a woman who takes a mother's place in the nurture and care of a child; a nurse.
- Wharton.
Foster nurse
a nurse; a nourisher.
Foster parent
a foster mother or foster father.
- Shak.
Foster son
a male foster child.
n.1.A forester.

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