Founder - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfaʊndər|  American pronunciation of the word founder
Brit.  |ˈfaʊndə|  British pronunciation of the word founder


- inflammation of the laminated tissue that attaches the hoof to the foot of a horse
- a person who founds or establishes some institution (syn: beginner, father)
- a worker who makes metal castings


- fail utterly; collapse (syn: fall through, flop)
The project foundered
- sink below the surface
- break down, literally or metaphorically (syn: break, cave in, collapse, fall in, give)
- stumble and nearly fall
the horses foundered

Extra examples

Her career foundered, and she moved from job to job for several years.

Their marriage began to founder soon after the honeymoon.

The talks foundered on disagreements between the two parties.

The ship foundered on the rocks.

The project foundered

...a colossal statue of the town's founder...

Why is the organization choosing to dissociate itself from its founder?

The building was named in honor of the city's founder.

...the club's founder recently died, and this month's newsletter includes a lengthy necrology...

The town was named from the founder.

He is a founder member of the Prison Reform Trust.

Parmenides is the founder, in modern phraseology, of metaphysics and logic.

Romulus, the eponymous founder of Rome

Word forms

I/you/we/they: founder
he/she/it: founders
present participle: foundering
past tense: foundered
past participle: foundered
singular: founder
plural: founders
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