Origin of foundation
Synonyms for foundation
Antonyms for foundation
- an endowment or legacy for the perpetual support of an institution such as a school or hospital
- on the foundationentitled to benefit from the funds of a foundation
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.