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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

Full Definition of founder

foun·deredfoun·der·ing 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

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

  2. trying to save a foundering career



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



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