Definition of Foundation in English :

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Foundation meaning in English

Meaning of Foundation in English

Pronunciation of Foundation in English

Foundation pronunciation in English

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see synonyms of foundation


1. foundation

the basis on which something is grounded

Example Sentences:
'there is little foundation for his objections'

2. foundation

an institution supported by an endowment

3. base, foot, foundation, fundament, groundwork, substructure, understructure

lowest support of a structure

Example Sentences:
'it was built on a base of solid rock'
'he stood at the foot of the tower'

4. foundation, grounding

education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge

Example Sentences:
'he lacks the foundation necessary for advanced study'
'a good grounding in mathematics'

5. base, basis, cornerstone, foundation, fundament, groundwork

the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained

Example Sentences:
'the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture'

6. foundation, foundation garment

a woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body

7. creation, foundation, founding, initiation, innovation, instauration, institution, introduction, origination

the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new

Example Sentences:
'she looked forward to her initiation as an adult'
'the foundation of a new scientific society'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of foundation
that on which something is founded; basis
2. (often plural)
a construction below the ground that distributes the load of a building, wall, etc
the base on which something stands
the act of founding or establishing or the state of being founded or established
5.  on the foundation
an institution supported by an endowment, often one that provides funds for charities, research, etc
the charter incorporating or establishing a society or institution and the statutes or rules governing its affairs
a cosmetic in cream or cake form used as a base for make-up
9.  foundation garment
10. cards
a card on which a sequence may be built

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see synonyms of foundation
a founding or being founded; establishment
an organization established to maintain, assist, or finance institutions or projects of a social, educational, charitable, religious, etc. nature, as by the making of grants
the fund or endowment used by such an organization to carry out its programs
an institution maintained by such a fund
the base on which something rests; specif., the supporting part of a wall, house, etc., usually of masonry, concrete, etc., and at least partially underground
the fundamental principle on which something is founded; basis
a supporting material or part beneath an outer part
foundation garment
a cosmetic cream, liquid, etc. over which other makeup is applied

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of foundation
1. The act of founding, especially the establishment of an institution with provisions for future maintenance.
2. Architecture A wall or other structure, as of concrete or masonry, usually extending below ground level and forming the base upon which a building rests.
3. Something that gives rise to or supports something else. See Synonyms at base1.
a. Funds for the perpetual support of an institution; an endowment.
b. An institution founded and supported by an endowment.
5. A cosmetic used as a base for facial makeup.
6. A supporting undergarment, such as a corset or girdle, designed to give the body a more desirable shape. Also called foundation garment.

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