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Definition of "founder" []

  • To sink below the surface of the water: The ship struck a reef and foundered. (verb-intransitive)
  • To cave in; sink: The platform swayed and then foundered. (verb-intransitive)
  • To fail utterly; collapse: a marriage that soon foundered. (verb-intransitive)
  • To stumble, especially to stumble and go lame. Used of horses. (verb-intransitive)
  • To become ill from overeating. Used of livestock. (verb-intransitive)

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 "founder" in a sentence
  • "As is generally the case with a Daptone release, the album's producer is Bosco Mann, the label founder and Dap-Kings bassist, who also goes by his real name, Gabriel Roth."
  • "Rick Rubin's severe, thrashing beat to proper effect; Hov courteously brought his instant-quotation A-game for his label founder's return to rap."
  • "The story of Bertram Brown and Freedom Sounds began in 1975 when the label founder / producer took singer Philip Frazer into the studio with the local band, Soul Syndicate, led by guitarist Earl "Chinna" Smith."