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Definition of founder
Examples of founder in a Sentence
Her career foundered, and she moved from job to job for several years.
trying to save a foundering career
Did You Know?
Founder comes from Middle English foundren, meaning "to send to the bottom or "collapse." That word came from the Middle French verb fondrer, and ultimately from the Latin noun fundus, meaning "bottom." When something "founders," it usually hits the bottom in one sense or another. A foundering horse - that is, a disabled one - is likely to collapse to the ground. When a ship founders, it sinks to the bottom of the sea. "Founder" has a broader, figurative sense, too - if your marriage or your career is foundering it isn't doing well and is therefore headed downward.
Origin and Etymology of founder
Synonymsbomb, collapse, crater, flame out, flop, flunk, fold, fail, miss, strike out, tank, wash out
Antonymsclick, come off, deliver, go, go over, pan out, succeed, work out
Related Wordsflounder, struggle; decline, sink, skid, slip, slump, wane; crash, crumble, miscarry, misfire; go under; implode, self-destruct
Near Antonymscook, flourish, prosper, thrive; prevail, triumph, win
FOUNDER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of founder for English Language Learners
: to experience failure : to be unsuccessful
of a boat or ship : to fill with water and sink
FOUNDER Defined for Kids
Definition of founder for Students
- the country's founders
legal Definition of founder
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