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Definition 1: the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new - [noun denoting act]

Samples where foundation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she looked forward to her initiation as an adult
  • the foundation of a new scientific society

Synonyms for foundation in the sense of this definition

(foundation is a kind of ...) the act of starting something

"he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"

(... is a kind of foundation ) the act of initiating a new idea or theory or writing

"the authorship of the theory is disputed"

Definition 2: lowest support of a structure - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where foundation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it was built on a base of solid rock
  • he stood at the foot of the tower

Synonyms for foundation in the sense of this definition

(foundation is a kind of ...) supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation

"the statue stood on a marble support"

(... is a kind of foundation ) a foundation of earth or rock supporting a road or railroad track

"the track bed had washed away"

(... is a kind of foundation ) a foundation (usually on soft ground) consisting of an extended layer of reinforced concrete

(... is part of foundation) a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

"the structure consisted of a series of arches" "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"

Definition 3: a woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for foundation in the sense of this definition

(foundation is a kind of ...) a garment worn under other garments

(... is a kind of foundation ) a woman's close-fitting foundation garment

(... is a kind of foundation ) a woman's foundation garment rolled on to the hips

Definition 4: the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where foundation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture

Synonyms for foundation in the sense of this definition

(foundation is a kind of ...) a hypothesis that is taken for granted

"any society is built upon certain assumptions"

(... is a kind of foundation ) the fundamental part

"successful negotiation is the meat and potatoes of arbitration"

(... is part of foundation) thought that makes something comprehensible

Definition 5: education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where foundation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he lacks the foundation necessary for advanced study
  • a good grounding in mathematics

Synonyms for foundation in the sense of this definition

(foundation is a kind of ...) knowledge acquired by learning and instruction

"it was clear that he had a very broad education"

Definition 6: an institution supported by an endowment - [noun denoting group]

(foundation is a kind of ...) an institution (public or private) that collects funds (from the public or other institutions) and invests them in financial assets

(... is a kind of foundation ) a foundation created to promote the public good (not for assistance to any particular individuals)

Definition 7: the basis on which something is grounded - [noun denoting linkdef]

Samples where foundation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there is little foundation for his objections

(foundation is a kind of ...) an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together

(... is a kind of foundation ) a relation that provides the foundation for something

"they were on a friendly footing" "he worked on an interim basis"

(... is a kind of foundation ) the essential foundation or source

"the problem was attacked at the grass roots"

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