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found 1

tr.v. found·ed, found·ing, founds
1. To establish or set up, especially with provision for continuing existence: The college was founded in 1872. See Synonyms at establish.
2. To establish the foundation or basis of; base: found a theory on firm evidence.

[Middle English founden, from Old French fonder, from Latin fundāre, from fundus, bottom.]

found 2

tr.v. found·ed, found·ing, founds
1. To melt (metal) and pour into a mold.
2. To make (objects) by pouring molten material into a mold.

[Middle English founden, from Old French fondre, from Latin fundere; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.]

found 3

Past tense and past participle of find.


the activity or process of beginning an institution; foundation
first or original; present at the foundation: a founding director.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.founding - the act of starting something for the first timefounding - the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new; "she looked forward to her initiation as an adult"; "the foundation of a new scientific society"
commencement, start, beginning - the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"
authorship, paternity - the act of initiating a new idea or theory or writing; "the authorship of the theory is disputed"


A. Nfundación f
B. CPD founding fathers NPLfundadores mpl, próceres mpl (LAm)
Founding Fathers NPL (US) (Hist) → Padres mpl Fundadores


1. adj (principle, assumption) → di base
2. nfondazione f


(faund) verb
1. to start or establish. The school was founded by the king.
2. (with on/upon) to base on. The story was founded upon fact.
founˈdation noun
1. the act of founding. the foundation of a new university.
2. the base on which something is built. First they laid the foundations, then they built the walls.
3. an amount of money to be used for a special purpose or the organization that manages it. The British Foundation for Cancer Research.
ˈfounder noun
a person who founds a school, college, organization etc. We commemorate the founder of the school.
ˈfounding noun
The founding of the organization took place a long time ago.
ˈfounding ˈfather noun
1. the first or one of the first founders of an organization, a school of thought etc. the founding father of psychoanalysis.
2. The Founding Fathers of the United States of America were the people who drew up its constitution.
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Darcy is a founding member of both the city of Santa Clarita and the City Council of Santa Clarita, on which she has served since 1987.
The growth of NEPA has mirrored in many ways the success and growth enjoyed by those businesses operated by the original 17 founding publishers.
The first gives the background of Marian spirituality in the Church and shows how this gave inspiration and courage to the founding fathers and mothers of the new country.
The spectrum of Lapita cultural items at the Mussau sites, along with previously excavated deposits, is clearly linked to later South Pacific cultures and strengthens the Lapita's position as the founding culture of the entire region, says Kirch.
Ruth Andersen of Fresno, a founding fellow of CLU, has pledged $125,000.