Meaning of foundation


A foundation is the base for something. You often hear about the structural foundations of buildings, but a good idea can also be the foundation of a successful business.

In the simplest sense, foundations support something else. Friendship is the foundation of a good marriage, and many svelte figures rely on girdles (known to underwear specialists as a foundation garment). But foundations are also charitable organizations. And in cosmetics, foundation is gooey make-up that’s supposed to match your skin tone.

Definitions of foundation
  1. noun

    the basis on which something is grounded

    “there is little
    foundation for his objections”
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    basis, footing, ground

    a relation that provides the foundation for something
    grass roots

    the essential foundation or source
    common ground

    a basis agreed to by all parties for reaching a mutual understanding
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    an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together

  2. noun

    the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained


    base, basis, cornerstone, fundament, groundwork

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    meat and potatoes

    the fundamental part
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    assumption, supposal, supposition

    a hypothesis that is taken for granted

  3. noun

    education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge

    “he lacks the
    foundation necessary for advanced study”


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    knowledge acquired by learning and instruction

  4. noun

    the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new

    foundation of a new scientific society”

    creation, founding, initiation, innovation, instauration, institution, introduction, origination

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    authorship, paternity

    the act of initiating a new idea or theory or writing
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    beginning, commencement, start

    the act of starting something

  5. noun

    lowest support of a structure


    base, foot, fundament, groundwork, substructure, understructure

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    a foundation of earth or rock supporting a road or railroad track
    raft foundation

    a foundation (usually on soft ground) consisting of an extended layer of reinforced concrete
    railroad bed

    a bed on which railroad track is laid

    a bed supporting a road
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    supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation

  6. noun

    a woman’s undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body


    foundation garment

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    corset, girdle, stays

    a woman’s close-fitting foundation garment

    a woman’s foundation garment rolled on to the hips
    panty girdle

    a woman’s undergarment that combines a girdle and panties
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    undergarment, unmentionable

    a garment worn under other garments

  7. noun

    an institution supported by an endowment

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    a foundation created to promote the public good (not for assistance to any particular individuals)
    philanthropic foundation

    a foundation that provides funds for science or art or education or religion or relief from disease etc.
    private foundation

    a charity that does not receive a major part of its support from the public
    public charity

    a charity that is deemed to receive the major part of its support from the public (rather than from a small group of individuals)
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    financial institution, financial organisation, financial organization

    an institution (public or private) that collects funds (from the public or other institutions) and invests them in financial assets

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