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foundation

foun·da·tion

foundation

 
 
pronunciation:
faUn deI shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the basis of something such as an action, substance, structure, or opinion.
He has enough money to give his business a good foundation.Your ideas about her are completely without foundation.
synonyms:
base, basis, footing, reason
similar words:
bed, bottom, cause, essential, ground, origin, principle, root, source, support
definition 2: the act of beginning or establishing.
Denise's family helped with the foundation of this school.
synonyms:
creation, establishment, founding
similar words:
installation
definition 3: the stone or concrete structure that holds up a building from beneath.
A house built on a strong foundation will last many years.
 
synonyms:
base
similar words:
basement, cellar, support
definition 4: an organization started with gifts of money. Foundations give money to individuals or groups in need.
synonyms:
charity, institution
similar words:
fund
derivations: foundational (adj.), foundationally (adv.)
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