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Webster's Dictionary [1]

(1): ( n.) A forester.

(2): ( n.) One who, or that which, fosters.

(3): ( v. t.) To cherish; to promote the growth of; to encourage; to sustain and promote; as, to foster genius.

(4): ( v. t.) 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.

(5): ( v. t.) To feed; to nourish; to support; to bring up.

(6): ( v. i.) To be nourished or trained up together.

King James Dictionary [2]


1. To feed to nourish to support to being up.

Some say that ravens foster forlorn children.

2. To cherish to forward to promote growth. The genial warmth of spring fosters the plants. 3. To cherish to encourage to sustain and promote as, to foster passion or genius.

Fos'Ter, To be nourished or trained up together.