foster foster  /ˈfɑ stər/


  1. (v) help develop, help grow
  2. (v) promote the growth of
  3. (adj) providing or receiving nurture or parental care though not related by blood or legal ties
  4. (v) bring up under fosterage; of children
  5. (n) United States songwriter whose songs embody the sentiment of the South before the American Civil War (1826-1864)

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  1. The economic stagnation of the country's north west region fosters conditions for terrorists to thrive.
  2. The shifting of children from one foster home to another can only harm the children.
  3. The events post the terrible tsunami in Japan has helped strengthen the bonds between communities that only severe hardships can foster.


  1. George Foster Jr. was known for barbecue, blues

    George Foster Jr. was the patriarch of a big Tuscaloosa family who was known for his barbecue and the weekend blues festivals he organized. Foster, 67, was found dead at his home on 20th Street in Tuscaloosa on Thursday morning. Investigators believe that robbery was the motive and said there were signs of a struggle. They have not said how Foster was killed.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: The Tuscaloosa News

  2. Jodie Foster Puts Hollywood Mansion On The Market for $6.4 Million

    The famously private actress Jodie Foster is selling her home at 9219 Flicker Way in the Hollywood Hills for $6,399,000.  Property records show that Foster purchased this ?Bird Street? estate from model Cheryl Tiegs in 1995.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Forbes

  3. Foster Inks Tripartite Agreement

    Foster Wheeler AG has teamed up with Clariant International and Wison Engineering to build a pilot plant in China to demonstrate its Vesta substitute natural gas technology.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Zacks via Yahoo! Finance


  1. "Today I encourage each of you to do what you can to foster healing and reconciliation and to assist those who have been hurt," Benedict said in an advance version of his homily.
    on Apr 17, 2008 By: Pope Benedict XVI Source: Earthtimes (press release)

  2. "So far, the incoming data have supported the view that the current stance of policy is likely to foster sustainable economic growth and a gradual ebbing of core inflation," Bernanke said in his prepared testimony about monetary policy for the...
    on Feb 14, 2007 By: Ben Bernanke Source: MarketWatch

  3. It is "incumbent upon Sergeant Crowley and me to utilize the great opportunity that fate has given us to foster greater sympathy among the American public for the daily perils of policing on the one hand, and for the genuine fears of racial...
    on Jul 31, 2009 By: Henry Louis Gates Source: Washington Post

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