foster - definition and synonyms

 
verb 

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/ˈfɒstə(r)/
present tense
I/you/we/theyfoster
he/she/itfosters
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