Pronunciation: (fô'stur, fos'tur),[key] —v.t. 1. to promote the growth or development of; further; encourage: to foster new ideas. 2. to bring up, raise, or rear, as a foster child.
3. to care for or cherish.
4. Brit.to place (a child) in a foster home.
5. Obs.to feed or nourish.
Pronunciation: (fô'stur, fos'tur),[key] —n. 1. Stephen (Collins), 1826–64, U.S. songwriter.
2. William Z(eb•u•lon) Pronunciation: (zeb'yu-lun),[key] 1881–1961, U.S. labor organizer: leader in the Communist party.
3. a male given name.