foundation

[ foun-dey-shuhn ]
/ faʊnˈdeɪ ʃən /

noun

Origin of foundation

1350–1400; Middle English foundacioun < Latin fundātiōn- (stem of fundātiō), equivalent to fundāt(us) (past participle of fundāre; see found2) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsfoun·da·tion·al, adjectivefoun·da·tion·al·ly, adverbfoun·da·tion·ar·y, adjectivepre·foun·da·tion, noun

Synonym study

2. See base1.
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British Dictionary definitions for foundation

foundation

/ (faʊnˈdeɪʃən) /

noun

Derived Formsfoundational, adjectivefoundationally, adverbfoundationary, adjective
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Word Origin and History for foundation

foundation


n.

late 14c., "action of founding," from Old French fondacion (14c.) or directly from Latin fundationem (nominative fundatio) "a founding," noun of action from past participle stem of fundare (see found (v.1)). The Latin word is glossed in Old English by staþol. Meaning "that which is founded" (a college, hospital, etc.) is from 1510s; meaning "funds endowed" is early 15c. Sense of "solid base of a structure" is from late 15c.

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Medicine definitions for foundation

foundation

[ foun-dāshən ]

n.

The basis on which something stands or is supported; a base.
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