"fostering" in the noun sense
1. fostering, fosterage
encouragement aiding the development of something
2. breeding, bringing up, fostering, fosterage, nurture, raising, rearing, upbringing
helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community
"they debated whether nature or nurture was more important"
"fostering" in the verb sense
1. foster, further
promote the growth of
"Foster our children's well-being and education"
bring up under fosterage of children
3. foster, nurture
help develop, help grow
"nurture his talents"
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