Meaning of foundation

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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    relation

    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

    synonyms:

    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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    grounding

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    education

    knowledge acquired by learning and instruction

  4. noun

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

    “the
    foundation of a new scientific society”
    synonyms:

    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

    synonyms:

    base, foot, fundament, groundwork, substructure, understructure

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    bed

    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
    roadbed

    a bed supporting a road
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    support

    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

    synonyms:

    foundation garment

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    corset, girdle, stays

    a woman’s close-fitting foundation garment
    roll-on

    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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    charity

    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)
    type of:

    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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