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

foundational \ fau̇n-​ˈdā-​shnəl How to pronounce foundational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
foundationally adverb
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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Minim Homes, makers of award-winning micro homes, is currently selling the floor plans on their website for the newest edition of their micro house, both the trailer version and foundation version. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Love Tiny Homes? Now You Can Build Your Own," 1 Mar. 2019 The French brand, which is also known for its range of foundation shades, offers skin-care products formulated to hydrate skin while simultaneously keeping oiliness at bay. Janell M. Hickman, Seventeen, "5 Life-Changing Skincare Tricks Women of Color Need To Know," 4 Feb. 2019 Creating a worldwide frenzy over her foundation line which included 40 different shades, promising a color match for everyone. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna is Reportedly Launching a Luxury Fashion House," 17 Jan. 2019 Your once perfect little neon power ball is suddenly overtaken by a foundation tsunami, with lightning bolts of old eyeliner at every turn. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Beautyblender in 3 Easy Steps, According to Experts," 2 Jan. 2019 Since its founding, Fenty Beauty has worked to diversify beauty offerings, debuting with a range of 40 foundation shades. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Shade Inclusivity, Photoshop Bans, and Other Major Beauty Industry Wins in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 The lawsuit also claims that the foundation’s board of directors had not formally met since 1999, and that the Trump Foundation promoted Trump properties and used money intended for philanthropy to settle various lawsuits. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Trump Foundation shuts down amid lawsuit alleging a “shocking pattern of illegality”," 18 Dec. 2018 The volcano topped with a deep crater lake is at the heart of North Korea's foundation mythology used to legitimize the Kim family's dynastic rule. Fox News, "The Latest: Trump welcomes 'tremendous progress' with NKorea," 19 Sep. 2018 This week in Latin Notas, the weekly news summary, Maluma launches official merch for his El Arte de los Sueños foundation, Sebastian Yatra performs in Puerto Rico, and Ozuna receives multiple certifications for his streams in Colombia. Suzette Fernandez, Billboard, "This Week in Latin Notas: Ozuna's Songs Are Certified in Colombia, Maluma Launches Online Store & More," 11 July 2018

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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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