December 27, 2012
foster (verb)
\FAW-ster\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to give parental care to2 : to help the growth or development of
How do you use it?
City leaders hope that the improvements to the downtown area will help foster a greater sense of community.
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Let us help you to develop an understanding of the word "foster." At the root of "foster" is the Old English word "fostor." What do you think "fostor" means?

The Old English word "fostor" means "food." We can trace the origins of "fostor" to the Old English word "foda," which is also at the root of the word "food." "Fostor" developed into an adjective that eventually came to mean "giving, receiving, or sharing parental care even though not related by blood or legal ties." The verb "foster" quickly developed from the adjective.
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