1. encourage or help something to develop over time






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foster an understanding/appreciation/relationship

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The verb to foster means to assist in the development of something positive over time or to encourage the development of a feeling or idea in yourself. To foster a child means to bring up a child that is not your own. 

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  1. Sports and social events have played a big part in fostering a strong sense of community within the village where I live.
  2. The project succeeded in fostering understanding between the two different religious communities in the area and bring them together.
  3. My foster brother is graduating today so my family are all going out to dinner.

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  1. In my class, I try to foster an appreciation for the subject in my students so that they gain a greater enthusiasm for learning about it.
  2. Kevin has fostered a lot of good business relationships through clever networking and by placing a particular emphasis on customer care.

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