foundation

noun
foun·​da·​tion | \ fau̇n-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce foundation (audio) \

Definition of foundation

1 : the act of founding here since the foundation of the school
2 : a basis (such as a tenet, principle, or axiom) upon which something stands or is supported the foundations of geometry the rumor is without foundation in fact
3a : funds given for the permanent support of an institution : endowment
b : an organization or institution established by endowment with provision for future maintenance a trust administered by a foundation
4 : an underlying base or support especially : the whole masonry substructure of a building
5a : a body or ground upon which something is built up or overlaid a limestone foundation
b : a woman's supporting undergarment : corset
c : a cosmetic usually used as a base for makeup

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Other Words from foundation

foundationless \ fau̇n-​ˈdā-​shən-​ləs How to pronounce foundationless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of foundation in a Sentence

The inspector discovered a crack in the house's foundation. The book explains the moral foundations on which her political career was built. These problems threaten the very foundations of modern society. The scandal has shaken the government to its foundations. They established a foundation to help orphaned children.
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States and districts grew accustomed to applying for federal funds and foundation grants that eased the impact of budget cuts and promoted experimentation. E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, "The Messy Reality of Personalized Learning," 10 July 2019 An All-Afghan conference that brought Afghanistan’s warring sides together appears to get the country a step closer to peace with a statement that laid out the foundations for a roadmap to end to nearly 18 years of war. Washington Post, "All-Afghan conference brings country closer to peace," 9 July 2019 Build a color story off a neutral color palette or foundation. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Photos and tips: The do’s and don’ts of kid-friendly colors," 9 July 2019 Starcourt has also attracted an unwelcome element: the Soviet military, which has secretly opened a portal to the Upside Down beneath the mall's foundations. Meredith Blake, chicagotribune.com, "Why ‘Stranger Things 3’ is an anxious ode to ’80s consumerism," 9 July 2019 While some of us try to find the right foundation shade to put on before work every morning, Miller is way over there getting to pretend to be a mythical creature in his silver lipstick. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Ezra Miller Wants to Help You Find the Magic of Makeup," 9 July 2019 According to foundation president Tony Stefani, the firefighters’ blood and urine were tested for the presence of 55 chemicals, including metals and flame retardants found in firefighting gear. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Elevated mercury found in blood of some SF firefighters who battled Tubbs Fire," 9 July 2019 That's almost twice the amount of concrete used to pour just the mat foundation for downtown's 47-story Texas Tower earlier this year. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Cemex completes '600 miles of concrete' projects near Memorial City," 9 July 2019 And, the role of foundations in funding journalism is coming under increasing scrutiny. Herman Wasserman, Quartz Africa, "Donor-funded African journalism is getting caught between the US and China world view," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of foundation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for foundation

Middle English fundacioun, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French fundacion, borrowed from Latin fundātiōn-, fundātiō, from fundāre "to found entry 4" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action

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foundation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of foundation

: a usually stone or concrete structure that supports a building from underneath
: something (such as an idea, a principle, or a fact) that provides support for something
: an organization that is created and supported with money that people give in order to do something that helps society

foundation

noun
foun·​da·​tion | \ fau̇n-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce foundation (audio) \

Kids Definition of foundation

1 : the support upon which something rests the foundation of a building the foundations of our legal system
2 : the act of beginning or creating He has taught here since the school's foundation.

foundation

noun
foun·​da·​tion

Legal Definition of foundation

1 : a basis upon which something stands or is supported specifically : a witness's preliminary testimony given to identify or explain evidence being offered at trial and establish its connection to the issue for which it is offered the lack of any foundation for the orthopedic surgeon's familiarity with the…standard of care rendered the surgeon's opinion testimony inadmissible National Law Journal

Note: Before evidence can be admitted at trial, the foundation for it must be laid by the party offering it. A foundation must also be laid for the qualification of a witness as an expert, or for the assertion of a privilege.

2a : funds given for the permanent support of an institution : endowment
b : an organization or institution established by endowment with provision for future maintenance

Other Words from foundation

foundational adjective

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