[fos-er] /ˈfɒs ər/

(in the early Christian church) a minor clergyman employed as a gravedigger.


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    [faw-ster, fos-ter] /ˈfɔ stər, ˈfɒs tər/ verb (used with object) 1. to promote the growth or development of; further; encourage: to foster new ideas. 2. to bring up, raise, or rear, as a . 3. to care for or cherish. 4. British. to place (a child) in a . 5. Obsolete. to feed or nourish. […]

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