lay a/the foundation

idiom

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.

Comments on lay a/the foundation

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

an agreement to stop fighting a war

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Confusing Words—A Quiz

  • alice with tweedle dee and tweedle dum
  • I invented a brand new toaster robot and ______ it "Sir Toasts-a-Lot."
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!