co·​found ˌkō-ˈfau̇nd How to pronounce cofound (audio)
variants or co-found
cofounded or co-founded; cofounding or co-founding

transitive verb

: to join one or more others in founding (something, such as an organization or institution) : to found (something) jointly
Renowned prankster and engineer Steve Wozniak has returned to the company he cofounded seven years ago.Paul Freiberger
… she went on to co-found the Agricultural Workers Association, which would eventually become the United Farm Workers.Ericka N. Goodman-Hughey
cofounder noun
or co-founder
plural cofounders or co-founders
… Beach Boys' legend and cofounder Brian Wilson performing the entire album "Pet Sounds" is enough to give any summer concertgoer a good vibration. Craig S. Semon

Examples of cofound in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yudkowsky would go on to cofound the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, which is now called the Machine Learning Research Institute. Popular Mechanics, 13 June 2023 Ravensthorpe, the Nordic colony you cofound as Eivor Wolf-Kissed, should be awash in song day and night. Jess Grey, Wired, 16 Oct. 2021 Nutchamai branched out from her family’s financial business to, in 2002, cofound the energy drink company Carabao. Rana Wehbe Watson, Forbes, 11 Jan. 2023 One of its earliest members, Art Clay, would go on to cofound the National Brotherhood of Skiers in 1973, along with Ben Finley, then-president of the 4 Seasons West Ski Club of Los Angeles. Brian E. Clark, Chicago Tribune, 15 Dec. 2022 Abrams went on to cofound Dropping Dimes and recruited Jaffee post-retirement, with his love of basketball and social work skillset, to work directly with the former ABA players. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Dec. 2022 Two years later, Wilde and Angermayer recruited Brand to cofound Atai. David Meyer, Fortune, 5 Dec. 2022 After growing up in the shadows of America’s nuclear weapons program, Alexandr Wang dropped out of MIT at 19 to cofound Scale AI. Samantha Todd, Forbes, 8 June 2022 This led Cunningham to cofound Museum Hue, an arts organization that provides tools and resources in support of Black, Indigenous, and other people of color working in arts and culture across the US. Dr. Brittany Chambers, Forbes, 1 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1661, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cofound was circa 1661

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Cite this Entry

“Cofound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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