V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to nurture and rear a child, as a temporary guardian; 2. to encourage the development or interest of ideas or activities

Synonyms: cherish, nourish, harbor, raise, nurture, champion, encourage, advance, uphold, stimulate

Antonyms: squelch, discourage

Tips: For foster, think of the foster care program, which connects children without a family with families who can take care of them and help raise and nurture them. If you foster a child, you are helping that child grow and learn. The same idea applies to the definition of encouraging development or interest of ideas or activities. If you foster an idea, you support and encourage the development of the idea.

Usage Examples:

We try to foster an environment of open communication within this department. (encourage, uphold)

By fostering musical literacy and appreciation within his small child, the father opened doors for her and broadened her perspective. (championing, stimulating)

He has been fostering this idea for months, and now we are getting a first glimpse of what he has planned. (harboring, developing, nurturing)

He is fostering a plan to help turn this company around. (advancing, championing)

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