lay a/the foundation
Definition of lay a/the foundation
1 : to create a usually stone or concrete structure that supports a building from underneath
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
: to beat or strike down with force
: to put or set down
: to place for rest or sleep
: covert, lair
: something (such as a layer) that lies or is laid (see 1lay)
: line of action : plan
: past tense oflie
: a simple narrative poem : ballad
: melody, song
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).