Foundation - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |faʊnˈdeɪʃn|  American pronunciation of the word foundation
Brit.  |faʊnˈdeɪʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word foundation


- the basis on which something is grounded
- an institution supported by an endowment
- lowest support of a structure (syn: base, foot, fundament, groundwork, substructure, understructure)
- education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge(syn: grounding)
- the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained (syn: base, basis, cornerstone, fundament, groundwork)
- a woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body
- the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new(syn: creation, founding, initiation, innovation, instauration, institution, introduction, origination)


The inspector discovered a crack in the house's foundation.

The book explains the moral foundations on which her political career was built.

These problems threaten the very foundations of modern society.

The scandal has shaken the government to its foundations.

They established a foundation to help orphaned children.

The foundation of a building settles.

The rumour has no foundation.

It took the builders three weeks to lay the foundations.

The earthquake shook the foundations of the house.

All theories should be built on a foundation of factual knowledge.

The course gives students a solid foundation in the basics of computing.

The school has served the community since its foundation in 1835.

There is little foundation for his objections.

The rumour is without foundation.

there is little foundation for his objections

Word forms

singular: foundation
plural: foundations
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