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foundation

[ foun-dey-shuhn ]

noun

  1. the basis or groundwork of anything:

    the moral foundation of both society and religion.

  2. the natural or prepared ground or base on which some structure rests.

    Synonyms: footing

    Antonyms: superstructure

  3. the lowest division of a building, wall, or the like, usually of masonry and partly or wholly below the surface of the ground.

    Synonyms: footing

    Antonyms: superstructure

  4. the act of founding, found, setting up, establishing, etc.:

    a policy in effect since the foundation.

    Synonyms: settlement, establishment

  5. the state of being founded. found.

    Synonyms: settlement, establishment

  6. an institution financed by a donation or legacy to aid research, education, the arts, etc.:

    the Ford Foundation.

  7. an endowment for such an institution.
  8. a cosmetic, as a cream or liquid, used as a base for facial makeup.
  9. Solitaire. a card of given denomination on which other cards are to be added according to denomination or suit.


foundation

/ faʊnˈdeɪʃən /

noun

  1. that on which something is founded; basis
  2. often plural a construction below the ground that distributes the load of a building, wall, etc
  3. the base on which something stands
  4. the act of founding or establishing or the state of being founded or established
    1. an endowment or legacy for the perpetual support of an institution such as a school or hospital
    2. on the foundation entitled to benefit from the funds of a foundation
  5. an institution supported by an endowment, often one that provides funds for charities, research, etc
  6. the charter incorporating or establishing a society or institution and the statutes or rules governing its affairs
  7. a cosmetic in cream or cake form used as a base for make-up
  8. cards a card on which a sequence may be built


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Derived Forms

  • founˈdational, adjective
  • founˈdationary, adjective
  • founˈdationally, adverb

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Other Words From

  • foun·da·tion·al adjective
  • pre·foun·da·tion noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of foundation1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English foundacioun, from Latin fundātiōn- (stem of fundātiō ), equivalent to fundāt(us) (past participle of fundāre; found 1 ) + -iōn- -ion

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Synonym Study

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Example Sentences

It’s not OK for kids to move on in some grade levels when the foundation of what they need for the next grade level, they don’t have.

Google has an estimated almost 90% share of the search market in the US, and this is the foundation upon which its gargantuan online advertising business rests.

If someone wants to challenge me, my faith — that’s our background, foundation.

General relativity has become the foundation for today’s understanding of the cosmos.

The deal in France serves as a foundation for licensing agreements with individual publishers.

These two videos rest atop bookmarked links to The Jeffrey Epstein Foundation.

In October, he traveled to Denver with Fry to support his work with LGBT rights organization The Matthew Sheppard Foundation.

Privacy advocates such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation say everyone should use it.

He is a representative of the Free Russia Foundation, an organization which aims to rebuild freedom and democracy in Russia.

She is also head of the Sabancı Foundation, which conducts female-empowerment programs for women in rural Turkey.

Now what should college give the young citizen, male or female, upon the foundation of schooling we have already sketched out?

I was too much enamoured of the honour to question the foundation on which it rested.

The formula for the date of its foundation in 1636 may be thus expressed—Harvard College founded; the chum age .

The old musical quality, rich in foundation tone, is returning, but with added power.

Sweet foundation tone produced from heavy wind pressure always possesses satisfactory power.

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