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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Recent Examples on the Web Before this announcement, Howard’s largest gift from a foundation came from the Hopper-Dean Foundation, which donated $4 million in December to the STEM scholars program. Lauren Lumpkin, Washington Post, "Largest gift in Howard University history to fund science and technology," 22 Jan. 2020 Therese launched a foundation, the Manan Dion Foundation for the education of disadvantaged children, in 2006, according to CBC. Gil Kaufman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Therese Dion, Celine Dion's Mother, Dies at 92," 17 Jan. 2020 Therese launched a foundation, the Manan Dion Foundation for the education of disadvantaged children, in 2006, according to CBC. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Celine Dion's Mother, Therese, Dies at 92," 17 Jan. 2020 One, a board member of a local foundation, invited her to symphonies, fundraisers, and other philanthropic events to meet potential participants. Laura Mallonee, Wired, "Homelessness in the Living Rooms of the Rich," 15 Jan. 2020 This smart device creates custom formulas for lipstick, foundation, and skin care. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Meet L’Oréal Perso, a High-Tech Device for Daily, Customized Skin Care and Makeup," 9 Jan. 2020 Because of this increasingly common corporate dynamic, companies are having to rely more on other executives to build the necessary foundations, structures, and processes required for an organization to be successful. Stefanos Zenios, Quartz at Work, "The role of COO is evolving, and it’s more important than ever," 8 Jan. 2020 There are several levels preserved from the foundation, column bases and bits of the columns themselves. Eric Adams, Popular Mechanics, "How Archaeologists Are Hunting History from Space," 7 Jan. 2020 The buyer may choose to purchase additional inspections for such things as pest/termite, foundation, sewer/septic and electrical. Dallas News, "Real Estate 101," 6 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of foundation was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Foundation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foundations. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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foundation

noun
How to pronounce foundation (audio)

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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