Answer: to promote the growth of; to stir up
Word Origin late Middle English (in foment (sense 2)): from French fomenter from late Latin fomentare from Latin fomentum 'poultice lotion' from fovere 'to heat cherish'.
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incite instigate abet foment mean to spur to action. incite stresses a stirring up and urging on and may or may not imply initiating. inciting a riot instigate definitely implies responsibility for initiating another's action and often connotes underhandedness or evil intention. instigated a conspiracy abet implies both assisting and encouraging. aiding and abetting the enemy foment implies persistence in goading. fomenting rebellion
to bring (something volatile or intense) into being John Adams's wife Abigail told him that if women were not remembered by the new American government they would "foment a Rebellion and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice or Representation"
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Foment definition to instigate or foster (discord rebellion etc.); promote the growth or development of: to foment trouble; to fomen...