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Noun: fostering  fós-tu-ring
  1. Encouragement; aiding the development of something
    - fosterage
  2. Helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community
    "they debated whether nature or fostering was more important";
    - breeding, bringing up, fosterage, nurture, raising, rearing, upbringing
Verb: foster  fós-tu(r)
  1. Promote the growth of
    "Foster our children's well-being and education";
    - further
  2. Bring up under fosterage; of children
  3. Help develop, help grow
    "foster his talents";
    - nurture

Derived forms: fosterings

Type of: acculturation, advance, boost, bring up, encourage, encouragement, enculturation, further, nurture, parent, promote, raise, rear, socialisation [Brit], socialization

Encyclopedia: Fostering

Foster, Nigel