1. [ noun ] the basis on which something is grounded

"there is little foundation for his objections"

Related terms: relation footing grass_roots establish
2. [ noun ] (finance) an institution supported by an endowment
Related terms: financial_institution charity establish
3. [ noun ] lowest support of a structure
Synonyms: base foot groundwork substructure understructure fundament

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

Related terms: support raft_foundation bed structure
4. [ noun ] the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained
Synonyms: basis base groundwork cornerstone fundament

"the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"

Related terms: assumption meat_and_potatoes explanation
5. [ noun ] (clothing) a woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body
Synonyms: foundation_garment
Related terms: undergarment roll-on corset
6. [ noun ] education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge
Synonyms: grounding

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

Related terms: education
7. [ noun ] the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new
Synonyms: founding creation initiation institution introduction innovation instauration origination

"she looked forward to her initiation as an adult" "the foundation of a new scientific society" "he regards the fork as a modern introduction"

Related terms: beginning authorship establish establish originate introduce commit initiate
Similar spelling:   founded