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foun·da·tion

 (foun-dā′shən)
n.
1. The act of founding, especially the establishment of an institution with provisions for future maintenance.
2. Architecture A wall or other structure, as of concrete or masonry, usually extending below ground level and forming the base upon which a building rests.
3. Something that gives rise to or supports something else. See Synonyms at base1.
4.
a. Funds for the perpetual support of an institution; an endowment.
b. An institution founded and supported by an endowment.
5. A cosmetic used as a base for facial makeup.
6. A supporting undergarment, such as a corset or girdle, designed to give the body a more desirable shape. Also called foundation garment.

[Middle English fundacioun, from Latin fundātiō, fundātiōn-, from fundātus, past participle of fundāre, to lay the groundwork for; see found1.]

foun·da′tion·al adj.

foundation

(faʊnˈdeɪʃən)
n
1. that on which something is founded; basis
2. (Building) (often plural) a construction below the ground that distributes the load of a building, wall, etc
3. the base on which something stands
4. the act of founding or establishing or the state of being founded or established
5. (Banking & Finance)
a. an endowment or legacy for the perpetual support of an institution such as a school or hospital
b. on the foundation entitled to benefit from the funds of a foundation
6. an institution supported by an endowment, often one that provides funds for charities, research, etc
7. (Law) the charter incorporating or establishing a society or institution and the statutes or rules governing its affairs
8. (Clothing & Fashion) a cosmetic in cream or cake form used as a base for make-up
9. (Clothing & Fashion) See foundation garment
10. (Card Games) cards a card on which a sequence may be built
founˈdational adj
founˈdationally adv
founˈdationary adj

foun•da•tion

(faʊnˈdeɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the basis or groundwork of anything: the moral foundation of both society and religion.
2. the natural or prepared ground or base on which some structure rests.
3. the lowest division of a building, wall, or the like.
4. the act of founding.
5. the state of being founded.
6. an institution financed by a donation or legacy, as to aid research, education, or the arts.
7. an endowment for such an institution.
8. a facial cosmetic used as the undercoating for other makeup; base.
[1350–1400; Middle English foundacioun < Latin fundā(re) to found2]
foun•da′tion•al, adj.
foun•da′tion•al•ly, adv.
foun•da′tion•ar′y, adj.
syn: See base1.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.foundation - the basis on which something is grounded; "there is little foundation for his objections"
relation - an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
basis, footing, ground - a relation that provides the foundation for something; "they were on a friendly footing"; "he worked on an interim basis"
grass roots - the essential foundation or source; "the problem was attacked at the grass roots"
2.foundation - an institution supported by an endowment
financial institution, financial organisation, financial organization - an institution (public or private) that collects funds (from the public or other institutions) and invests them in financial assets
charity - a foundation created to promote the public good (not for assistance to any particular individuals)
3.foundation - lowest support of a structurefoundation - lowest support of a structure; "it was built on a base of solid rock"; "he stood at the foot of the tower"
bed - a foundation of earth or rock supporting a road or railroad track; "the track bed had washed away"
raft foundation - a foundation (usually on soft ground) consisting of an extended layer of reinforced concrete
structure, construction - a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"
support - supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation; "the statue stood on a marble support"
4.foundation - education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge; "he lacks the foundation necessary for advanced study"; "a good grounding in mathematics"
education - knowledge acquired by learning and instruction; "it was clear that he had a very broad education"
5.foundation - the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
explanation - thought that makes something comprehensible
meat and potatoes - the fundamental part; "successful negotiation is the meat and potatoes of arbitration"
supposal, supposition, assumption - a hypothesis that is taken for granted; "any society is built upon certain assumptions"
6.foundation - a woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body
corset, stays, girdle - a woman's close-fitting foundation garment
roll-on - a woman's foundation garment rolled on to the hips
undergarment, unmentionable - a garment worn under other garments
7.foundation - the act of starting something for the first timefoundation - 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"

foundation

noun
1. basis, heart, root, mainstay, beginning, support, ground, rest, key, principle, fundamental, premise, starting point, principal element Best friends are the foundation of my life.
2. (often plural) substructure, underpinning, groundwork, bedrock, base, footing, bottom vertical or lateral support for building foundations
4. justification, grounds, basis, warrant, reason The allegations were without foundation.

foundation

noun
1. The act of founding or establishing:
2. The lowest or supporting part or structure:
3. That on which something immaterial, such as an argument or a charge, rests:
base, basis, footing, fundament, ground (often used in plural), groundwork, underpinning (often used in plural).
4. A fundamental principle or underlying concept:
base, basis, cornerstone, fundament, fundamental, root, rudiment (often used in plural).
5. A justifying fact or consideration:
Translations
أساس، قاعِدَهإقامة، إنشاء، تأسيسمُؤَسَّسَه خَيْرِيَّه
nadacezaloženízákladzáklady
fondfundamentgrundlæggelseoprettelse
peruspääomaperustaperustaminenperustussäätiö
grunnur, undirstaîasjóîur, stofnunstofnun
nadácia
temeljiustanovitev

foundation

[faʊnˈdeɪʃən]
A. N
1. (= act) → fundación f, establecimiento m
2. (fig) (= basis) → fundamento m, base f
the story is without foundationla historia carece de fundamento
3. foundations (Archit) → cimientos mpl
to lay the foundations (also fig) → echar los cimientos (of de)
4. (= organization) → fundación f
5. (= make-up) → maquillaje m de fondo, base f
B. CPD foundation course Ncurso m preparatorio
foundation cream Ncrema f de base
foundation garment Ncorsé m
foundation stone N (Brit) → primera piedra f (fig) → piedra f angular

foundation

[faʊnˈdeɪʃən]
n
(= establishment) [organization] → fondation f
(= base) → fondement m
(= basis) → fondement m
without foundation [rumour, story] → sans fondement
(= organization) → fondation f
(also foundation cream) → fond m de teint foundations
npl
[building] → fondations fpl
to lay the foundations (fig)jeter les fondements, poser les fondementsfoundation course n (British)cycle m préparatoire (dans une université)foundation stone n
to lay the foundation stone → poser la première pierre

foundation

n
(= act of founding, of business, colony) → Gründung f; (of town, school)Gründung f, → Errichtung f
(= institution)Stiftung f; research foundationForschungsstiftung f
foundations pl (Build, of house etc) → Fundament nt; (of road)Unterbau m
(fig: = basis) → Grundlage f; to be without foundation (rumours, allegations) → jeder Grundlage entbehren; (fears) → unbegründet sein; to rock or shake something to its foundationsetw bis in seine Grundfesten erschüttern
(= make-up)Grundierungscreme f

foundation

:
foundation cream
nGrundierungscreme f
Foundation Day
n (Austral) gesetzlicher Feiertag in Australien zur Erinnerung an die Landung der Briten am 26. Januar 1788
foundation garment
nMieder nt
foundation stone
nGrundstein m

foundation

[faʊnˈdeɪʃn] n
a. (founding, organization) → fondazione f
b. foundations npl (Archit) → fondamenta fpl
to lay the foundations → gettare le fondamenta (fig) → gettare le basi
c. (basis) → fondamento, base f
d. (justification) the story is without foundationla storia è infondata

found2

(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.
References in classic literature ?
So too, like Voltaire in his time, uninvited defenders of the law of inevitability today use that law as a weapon against religion, though the law of inevitability in history, like the law of Copernicus in astronomy, far from destroying, even strengthens the foundation on which the institutions of state and church are erected.
From the time the first person said and proved that the number of births or of crimes is subject to mathematical laws, and that this or that mode of government is determined by certain geographical and economic conditions, and that certain relations of population to soil produce migrations of peoples, the foundations on which history had been built were destroyed in their essence.
We can also perceive, that a line drawn perpendicularly down from the outer edge of the new reef, to the foundation of solid rock beneath the old fringing-reef, will exceed by as many feet as there have been feet of subsidence, that small limit of depth at which the effective corals can live: -- the little architects having built up their great wall-like mass, as the whole sank down, upon a basis formed of other corals and their consolidated fragments.
If then the foundations, whence the atoll- building corals sprang, were not formed of sediment, and if they were not lifted up to the required level, they must of necessity have subsided into it; and this at once solves the difficulty.
The temptations to enter political life were so alluring that I came very near yielding to them at one time, but I was kept from doing so by the feeling that I would be helping in a more substantial way by assisting in the laying of the foundation of the race through a generous education of the hand, head, and heart.
And, lastly, he inveighed against Minerva because she had not contrived iron wheels in the foundation of her house, so its inhabitants might more easily remove if a neighbor proved unpleasant.
At this day it cannot but strike us as extraordinary, that it does not appear to have occurred to any one member of that assembly, which had laid down in terms so clear, so explicit, so unequivocal, the foundation of all just government, in the imprescriptible rights of man, and the transcendent sovereignty of the people, and who in those principles had set forth their only personal vindication from the charges of rebellion against their king, and of treason to their country, that their last crowning act was still to be performed upon the same principles.
I began to occupy my house on the 4th of July, as soon as it was boarded and roofed, for the boards were carefully feather-edged and lapped, so that it was perfectly impervious to rain, but before boarding I laid the foundation of a chimney at one end, bringing two cartloads of stones up the hill from the pond in my arms.
To this catalogue of circumstances that tend to the amelioration of popular systems of civil government, I shall venture, however novel it may appear to some, to add one more, on a principle which has been made the foundation of an objection to the new Constitution; I mean the ENLARGEMENT of the ORBIT within which such systems are to revolve, either in respect to the dimensions of a single State or to the consolidation of several smaller States into one great Confederacy.
The old charter of Massachusetts, which the people regarded as a holy thing and as the foundation of all their liberties, was declared void.
This father, Noel Collins, had been a successful animal trainer in England, before emigrating to America, and in America he had continued the success and laid the foundation of the big animal training school at Cedarwild, which his son had developed and built up after him.
Yet there were in the duke such boldness and ability, and he knew so well how men are to be won or lost, and so firm were the foundations which in so short a time he had laid, that if he had not had those armies on his back, or if he had been in good health, he would have overcome all difficulties.