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verb     foster pronunciation in British English
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present tense
present participlefostering
past tensefostered
past participlefostered
  1. 1
    [transitive] to help something to develop over a period of time

    This approach will foster an understanding of environmental issues.

    Overuse of antibiotics may foster the spread of drug-resistant bacteria.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to look after a child as part of your family for a period of time because the child’s parents cannot look after them
    See also adopt


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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