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Definition of "foundation" []

  • The act of founding, especially the establishment of an institution with provisions for future maintenance. (noun)
  • The basis on which a thing stands, is founded, or is supported. See Synonyms at base1. (noun)
  • Funds for the perpetual support of an institution; an endowment. (noun)
  • An institution founded and supported by an endowment. (noun)
  • A foundation garment. (noun)
  • That on which something is founded; basis (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A construction below the ground that distributes the load of a building, wall, etc (noun)
  • The base on which something stands (noun)
  • The act of founding or establishing or the state of being founded or established (noun)
  • An endowment or legacy for the perpetual support of an institution such as a school or hospital (noun)
  • An institution supported by an endowment, often one that provides funds for charities, research, etc (noun)
  • The charter incorporating or establishing a society or institution and the statutes or rules governing its affairs (noun)
  • A cosmetic in cream or cake form used as a base for make-up (noun)
  • A card on which a sequence may be built (noun)

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Use "foundation" in a sentence
  • "Bush tells another bald-faced whopper, claims he has laid the 'foundation of peace'! yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Bush tells another bald-faced whopper, claims he has laid the \'foundation of peace\'! '"
  • "All cards in the Army and Navy are equally available if played in pairs (_i. e._, one black and one red), but no card of either color can be played on a foundation _unless a card of the other color is played at the same time on another foundation_."
  • "But its main foundation is a realisation that in fact Britain is a part of Europe, whether we like it or not; that what happens in Europe affects our destiny profoundly, as two world wars have witnessed; and that we deceive ourselves if we pretend otherwise."