lay a/the foundation


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

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“Lay a/the foundation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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