Meaning of founder


The person who creates an organization or a company is known as the founder. Founder is also a verb meaning “fail miserably,” which is something a company’s founder hopes the company will never do.

As a noun, founder means “the beginner or originator of something.” You might talk about the founder of a nation, the founder of club, or the founder of a website. As a verb, founder can mean “stumble,” like when you trip and fall, but more generally it means “collapse or fall apart.” A sports team might founder by slumping on a ten-game losing streak; a ship that sinks in a bad storm can be said to have foundered at sea.

Definitions of founder
  1. noun

    a person who founds or establishes some institution


    beginner, father, founding father

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    one of a group of founders
    coloniser, colonizer

    someone who helps to found a colony

    a woman founder
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    conceiver, mastermind, originator

    someone who creates new things

  2. verb

    sink below the surface

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    go down, go under, settle, sink

    go under, “The raft sank and its occupants drowned”

  3. verb

    break down, literally or metaphorically


    break, cave in, collapse, fall in, give, give way

    abandon, give up

    stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims
    burst, collapse

    cause to burst
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    go off, implode

    burst inward
    buckle, crumple

    fold or collapse

    fall loosely

    curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
    sink, slide down, slump

    fall or sink heavily
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    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one’s or its original nature

  4. verb

    fail utterly; collapse

    “The project

    fall flat, fall through, flop

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    fail, go wrong, miscarry

    be unsuccessful

  5. verb

    stumble and nearly fall

    “the horses
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    stumble, trip

    miss a step and fall or nearly fall

  6. noun

    a worker who makes metal castings

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    bell founder

    a person who casts metal bells
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    skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker

    a worker who has acquired special skills

  7. noun

    inflammation of the laminated tissue that attaches the hoof to the foot of a horse



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    inflammation, redness, rubor

    a response of body tissues to injury or irritation; characterized by pain and swelling and redness and heat

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