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founder

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noun found·er \ ˈfau̇n-dər \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of founder

:one that founds or establishes
  • the founder of a company
  • the founder of psychoanalysis

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Origin and Etymology of founder

Middle English foundour, borrowed from Anglo-French fundur, foundour, going back to Latin fundātor, from fundāre "to 4found" + -tor, agent suffix


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verb foun·der \ ˈfau̇n-dər \

Definition of founder

foundered; foundering play \ˈfau̇n-d(ə-)riŋ\
intransitive verb
1 :to become disabled; especially :to go lame
2 :to give way :collapse
3 :to become submerged :sink
4 :to come to grief :fail
transitive verb
:to disable (an animal) especially by excessive feeding

Examples of founder in a Sentence

  1. Her career foundered, and she moved from job to job for several years.

  2. 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

Middle English fondrer "to fall to the ground, stumble, sink," borrowed from Anglo-French fundrer "to destroy," probably back-formation from enfondrer, esfondrer, affondrer "to sink, send to the bottom," prefixed forms based on Old French -fondrer, going back to Vulgar Latin *-fundorāre, verbal derivative of Late Latin fundor-, variant stem of Latin fundus "bottom, base" — more at 1bottom
Note: The simple verb fundrer (as opposed to prefixed forms) is marginally attested in Anglo-French, its senses partially merged with fondre going back to Latin fundere (see 5found), which in addition to its basic meanings "to pour, cast" had already in Classical Latin the extended meanings "to scatter, disperse, rout" and "to lay low, slay."


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noun foun·der \ ˈfau̇n-dər \

Definition of founder

Origin and Etymology of founder

derivative of 2founder

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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noun found·er \ ˈfau̇n-dər \

Definition of founder

:one that founds metal; especially :typefounder

Origin and Etymology of founder

Middle English foundour, borrowed from Anglo-French foundur, foundour, from fondre "to melt, cast, 5found" + -ur, -our 2-er

Other Metals and Metallurgy Terms


FOUNDER Defined for English Language Learners

founder

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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

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founder

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noun found·er \ ˈfau̇n-dər \

Definition of founder for Students

:a person who creates or establishes something
  • the country's founders

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founder

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verb foun·der \ ˈfau̇n-dər \

Definition of founder for Students

foundered; foundering
:1sink 1
  • a foundering ship

Medical Dictionary

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founder

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verb foun·der \ ˈfau̇n-dər \

medical Definition of founder

foundered; foundering play \-d(ə-)riŋ\
intransitive verb
:to become disabled; especially :to go lame
transitive verb
:to disable (an animal) especially by inducing laminitis through excessive feeding

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noun foun·der

medical Definition of founder


Law Dictionary

founder

noun found·er

legal Definition of founder

:one that founds or establishes: as
a :one that establishes a foundation


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