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


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