[ foun-dey-shuhn ]
/ faʊnˈdeɪ ʃən /
the basis or groundwork of anything: the moral foundation of both society and religion.
the natural or prepared ground or base on which some structure rests.
the lowest division of a building, wall, or the like, usually of masonry and partly or wholly below the surface of the ground.
the act of founding, setting up, establishing, etc.: a policy in effect since the foundation.
the state of being founded.
an institution financed by a donation or legacy to aid research, education, the arts, etc.: the Ford Foundation.
an endowment for such an institution.
a cosmetic, as a cream or liquid, used as a base for facial makeup.
Solitaire. a card of given denomination on which other cards are to be added according to denomination or suit.
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Origin of foundation
SYNONYMS FOR foundation
synonym study for foundation
2. See base1.
OTHER WORDS FROM foundationfoun·da·tion·al, adjectivefoun·da·tion·al·ly, adverbfoun·da·tion·ar·y, adjectivepre·foun·da·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for foundation
/ (faʊnˈdeɪʃən) /
that on which something is founded; basis
(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
- an endowment or legacy for the perpetual support of an institution such as a school or hospital
- on the foundation entitled to benefit from the funds of a 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
cards a card on which a sequence may be built
Derived forms of foundationfoundational, adjectivefoundationally, adverbfoundationary, adjective
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Medical definitions for foundation
[ foun-dā′shən ]
The basis on which something stands or is supported; a base.
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