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Meaning & Definition of Foundation in English

English

Foundation

/faʊndeʃən/

noun

1. The basis on which something is grounded

  • "There is little foundation for his objections"
    synonym:
  • foundation

2. An institution supported by an endowment

    synonym:
  • foundation

3. Lowest support of a structure

  • "It was built on a base of solid rock"
  • "He stood at the foot of the tower"
    synonym:
  • foundation
  • ,
  • base
  • ,
  • fundament
  • ,
  • foot
  • ,
  • groundwork
  • ,
  • substructure
  • ,
  • understructure

4. Education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge

  • "He lacks the foundation necessary for advanced study"
  • "A good grounding in mathematics"
    synonym:
  • foundation
  • ,
  • grounding

5. The fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained

  • "The whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
    synonym:
  • basis
  • ,
  • base
  • ,
  • foundation
  • ,
  • fundament
  • ,
  • groundwork
  • ,
  • cornerstone

6. A woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body

    synonym:
  • foundation garment
  • ,
  • foundation

7. 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"
    synonym:
  • initiation
  • ,
  • founding
  • ,
  • foundation
  • ,
  • institution
  • ,
  • origination
  • ,
  • creation
  • ,
  • innovation
  • ,
  • introduction
  • ,
  • instauration

Examples of using

This house has a solid foundation.