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founder

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noun found·er \ˈfau̇n-dər\

Definition of founder

  1. :  one that founds or establishes



Origin of founder

4found


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with founder


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founder

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verb foun·der \ˈfau̇n-dər\

Simple Definition of founder

  • : to experience failure : to be unsuccessful

  • of a boat or ship : to fill with water and sink

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of founder

founderedfoundering play \-d(ə-)riŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to become disabled; especially :  to go lame

  3. 2 :  to give way :  collapse

  4. 3 :  to become submerged :  sink

  5. 4 :  to come to grief :  fail

  6. transitive verb
  7. :  to disable (an animal) especially by excessive feeding

Examples of founder in a sentence

  1. Her career foundered, and she moved from job to job for several years.

  2. trying to save a foundering career



Did You Know?

Founder comes from Middle English foundren, meaning "to send to the bottom or "collapse." That word came from the Middle French verb fondrer, and ultimately from the Latin noun fundus, meaning "bottom." When something "founders," it usually hits the bottom in one sense or another. A foundering horse - that is, a disabled one - is likely to collapse to the ground. When a ship founders, it sinks to the bottom of the sea. "Founder" has a broader, figurative sense, too - if your marriage or your career is foundering it isn't doing well and is therefore headed downward.

Origin of founder

Middle English foundren to fall to the ground, sink, from Anglo-French fondrer, alteration of fondre, from Latin fundere to pour, cast, disperse, lay low, slay — more at found


First Known Use: 14th century


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founder

noun foun·der

Definition of founder



Circa 1547

First Known Use of founder

circa 1547

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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founder

noun found·er

Definition of founder

  1. :  one that founds metal; especially :  typefounder



Origin of founder

5found


First Known Use: 15th century

Other Metals and Metallurgy Terms


FOUNDER Defined for Kids

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founder

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noun found·er \ˈfau̇n-dər\

Definition of founder for Students

  1. :  a person who creates or establishes something <the country's founders>




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founder

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verb foun·der \ˈfau̇n-dər\

Definition of founder for Students

founderedfoundering

  1. :  1sink 1 <a foundering ship>




Law Dictionary

founder

noun found·er

Legal Definition of founder

  1. :  one that founds or establishes: as a :  one that establishes a foundation b :  founding father





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