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foster

noun

1 Foster

United States songwriter whose songs embody the sentiment of the South before the American Civil War (1826-1864).

synonyms: Stephen Collins Foster, Stephen Foster.



verb

1 foster

Promote the growth of:
— Foster our children's well-being and education.

synonym: further.

Roget 902: caress, fondle, pet, dandle; pat, pat on the head, pat on the cheek; chuck under the chin, smile upon, coax, wheedle, cosset, coddle, cocker, ... show more

Roget 707: aid, assist, help, succor, lend one's aid; come to the aid etc. n.. of; contribute, subscribe to; bring aid, give aid, furnish aid, ... show more

Roget 484: believe, credit; give faith to, give credit to, credence to; see, realize; assume, receive; set down for, take for; have it, take it; ... show more

Roget 658: improve; be better, become better, get better; mend, amend.    advance etc. (progress) 282; ascend etc. 305; increase ... show more

Roget 824: excite, affect, touch, move, impress, strike, interest, animate, inspire, impassion, smite, infect; stir the blood, fire the blood, ... show more

2 foster

Bring up under fosterage; of children.

3 foster

Help develop, help grow.

synonym: nurture.

adjective

1 foster

Providing or receiving nurture or parental care though not related by blood or legal ties:
— Foster parent.
— Foster child.
— Foster home.

synonym: surrogate.


Moby thesaurus: abet, accommodate, acculturate, actuate, advance, affiliated, agnate, aid, aid and abet, akin, aliment, allied, ameliorate, amend, animate, apprentice, ask for, assist, attend to, avuncular ... show more.

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