foundation

noun foun·da·tion \ fau̇n-ˈdā-shən \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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
3 a : 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
5 a : 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

foundational

play \fau̇n-ˈdā-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\ adjective

foundationally

adverb

foundationless

play \fau̇n-ˈdā-shən-ləs\ adjective

Examples of foundation in a Sentence

  1. The inspector discovered a crack in the house's foundation.

  2. The book explains the moral foundations on which her political career was built.

  3. These problems threaten the very foundations of modern society.

  4. The scandal has shaken the government to its foundations.

  5. They established a foundation to help orphaned children.

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Origin and Etymology of foundation

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



FOUNDATION Defined for English Language Learners

foundation

noun

Definition of foundation for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

foundation

noun foun·da·tion \ fau̇n-ˈdā-shən \

Definition of foundation for Students

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.

Law Dictionary

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

foundational

adjective


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