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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)

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.

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."