English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'foster'

(verb) 
Definition
to bring up (a child not one's own)
She has fostered more than 100 children.
Synonyms
bring up
,
raise
the house where she was raised
,
parent
,
nurse
All the years he was sick my mother had nursed him.
,
look after
,
rear
I was reared in east Texas.
,
care for
,
take care of
,
nurture
Parents want to know the best way to nurture and raise their children to adulthood.
(verb) 
Definition
to promote the growth or development of
They are keen to foster trading links with the West.
Synonyms
,
support
He supported the hardworking people.
,
further
Education needn't only be about furthering your career.
,
encourage
Their task is to encourage private investment in Russia.
,
feed
Wealth is feeding our obsession with house prices.
,
promote
His country will do everything possible to promote peace.
, ,
uphold
upholding the artist's right to creative freedom
,
nurture
Seema's interest in literature was nurtured by her parents.
,
cultivate
She went out of her way to cultivate his friendship.
,
foment
They accused strike leaders of fomenting violence.
Opposites
, , , , , , , , , ,
hold out against
(verb) 
She fostered a fierce ambition.
Synonyms
cherish
She cherished an ambition to be an actor.
,
sustain
I am sustained by letters of support.
,
entertain
I wouldn't entertain the idea of doing such a job.
,
harbour
He harboured a grudge against his superior.
,
accommodate
Students are accommodated in homes nearby.
,
nourish
They continued to nourish hopes of victory.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of accommodate
Definition
to provide with lodgings
Students are accommodated in homes nearby.
Synonyms
put up,
take in,
cater for,
in the sense of cultivate
Definition
to develop or improve (something) by giving special attention to it
She went out of her way to cultivate his friendship.
in the sense of encourage
Definition
to stimulate (something or someone) by approval or help
Their task is to encourage private investment in Russia.

See related content

NEW from Collins!
NEW from Collins!
English Word Lists
English Word Lists
Latest Word Submissions
Latest Word Submissions
Easy Learning English Grammar
Easy Learning English Grammar
COBUILD Grammar Patterns
COBUILD Grammar Patterns
Word Lover's Blog
Word Lover's Blog
Online Scrabble Checker
Online Scrabble Checker
The Paul Noble Method
The Paul Noble Method

Video: pronunciation of 'foster'

Source

Thesaurus for foster from the Collins English Thesaurus
Life on the edge
The desire to push the boundaries has been a motivator in many a daring expedition, testing the human spirit and physical abilities to the utmost. Indulge your adventurous spirit by exploring some associated ‘extreme’ vocabulary. Will you have the survival skills to master our quiz?
Read more
Study guides for every stage of your learning journey
Whether you're in search of a crossword puzzle, a detailed guide to tying knots, or tips on writing the perfect college essay, Harper Reference has you covered for all your study needs.
Read more
Create an account and sign in to access this FREE content
Register now or login in to access