lay a/the foundation

Definition of lay a/the foundation

  1. 1 :  to create a usually stone or concrete structure that supports a building from underneath

  2. 2 :  to provide something (such as an idea, a principle, or a fact) from which another thing develops or can develop Her early research laid the foundation for many important medical discoveries.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to beat or strike down with force

    :  to put or set down

    :  to place for rest or sleep

  1. :  covert, lair

    :  something (such as a layer) that lies or is laid (see 1lay)

    :  line of action :  plan

  1. : past tense oflie

  1. :  a simple narrative poem :  ballad

    :  melody, song

  1. :  of or relating to the laity :  not ecclesiastical

    :  of or relating to members of a religious house occupied with domestic or manual work

    :  not of a particular profession

foundationplay
  1. :  the act of founding

    :  a basis (as a tenet, principle, or axiom) upon which something stands or is supported

    :  funds given for the permanent support of an institution :  endowment


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up lay a/the foundation? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

contemplative of or relative to the past

Get Word of the Day daily email!