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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Apply some concealer to the area, as well as foundation, and then use a setting spray or powder to make sure your pimples don't come popping out throughout the day. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Get Rid of Chest Acne in a Zap With These Tips," 5 Mar. 2019 According to reports, this beast will be capable of delivering 70 tons to low Earth orbit and will serve as the foundation for a deep-space exploration program. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceX gets top clearance, Europe job cuts, Russian plans," 16 Nov. 2018 The three brother’s prolific journeys, equal parts similar and distinct, were built upon a foundation of hard work and talent. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "First family of Fort Worth basketball still shining after careers at TCU, Kansas," 12 July 2018 The chic portable tubes are incredibly convenient (throw one in your bag and go), sleekly packaged, and can easily serve as not only as a foundation but also in lieu of your usual concealer or contouring wand, too. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "The Best Stick Foundations That Makeup Artists Always Keep in Their Kits," 10 July 2018 In an ideal world, Ty Montgomery is not being used as a foundation back. SI.com, "Fantasy Football Preseason Reports: A Scout’s Take on Every Team," 5 July 2018 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

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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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