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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It is funded by a $100 million endowment established by the foundation. Josef Federman, Washington Post, "Correction: Israel-Patriots Owner story," 13 June 2019 Becky saw a photo of her four boys, Jack and Nick side by side making the number 525, and decided to name the foundation after that. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Two brothers, hockey players, dead on same day of opioid overdose," 13 June 2019 Naito, who has endured 10 rounds of chemotherapy, recently granted the center $1 million from the foundation formed in his name. NBC News, "Never say 'die': Why so many doctors won't break bad news," 12 June 2019 It is funded by a $100 million endowment established by the foundation. Josef Federman, courant.com, "Patriots’ Robert Kraft to receive warm welcome in Israel," 12 June 2019 The event was a fundraiser for the foundation’s mission of supporting and supplementing Wilmette Park District initiatives. Denys Bucksten, chicagotribune.com, "Beach bash celebrates new Gillson Park beach house," 11 June 2019 The seven-year license, planned to cover construction through completion in 2026, requires the foundation to pay Barcelona 4.6 million euros, or $5.2 million USD. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "137 Years After Construction Began, La Sagrada Familia Receives Building Permit," 10 June 2019 The foundation moved from California to Arizona to get away from earthquakes and a political climate that at the time was not favorable to cryonics. Stephanie Innes, AZCentral.com, "Arizona is a hotbed for the cadaver industry, and potential donors have plenty of options," 10 June 2019 Her cosmetics line debuted with 40 foundation shades, while her lingerie line has been applauded for catering to a range of skin tones and body types. Lianne Kolirin And Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Rihanna is named as the world's wealthiest female musician," 5 June 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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