What does foundation mean?

Definitions for foundationfaʊnˈdeɪ ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word foundation.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. foundation(noun)

    the basis on which something is grounded

    "there is little foundation for his objections"

  2. foundation(noun)

    an institution supported by an endowment

  3. foundation, base, fundament, foot, groundwork, substructure, understructure(noun)

    lowest support of a structure

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

  4. foundation, grounding(noun)

    education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge

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

  5. basis, base, foundation, fundament, groundwork, cornerstone(noun)

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

    "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"

  6. foundation garment, foundation(noun)

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

  7. initiation, founding, foundation, institution, origination, creation, innovation, introduction, instauration(noun)

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

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

Wiktionary

  1. foundation(Noun)

    The act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect.

    The foundation of his institute has been wrought with difficulty.

  2. foundation(Noun)

    That upon which anything is founded; that on which anything stands, and by which it is supported; the lowest and supporting layer of a superstructure; groundwork; basis; underbuilding.

  3. foundation(Noun)

    The lowest and supporting part or member of a wall, including the base course and footing courses; in a frame house, the whole substructure of masonry.

    The foundations of this construction have been laid out.

  4. foundation(Noun)

    A donation or legacy appropriated to support a charitable institution, and constituting a permanent fund; endowment.

  5. foundation(Noun)

    That which is founded, or established by endowment; an endowed institution or charity.

    The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is the parent organization of the Wiktionary collaborative project.

  6. foundation(Noun)

    Cosmetic cream roughly skin-colored, designed to make the face appear uniform in color and texture.

  7. Origin: From fundatio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Foundation(noun)

    the act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect

  2. Foundation(noun)

    that upon which anything is founded; that on which anything stands, and by which it is supported; the lowest and supporting layer of a superstructure; groundwork; basis

  3. Foundation(noun)

    the lowest and supporting part or member of a wall, including the base course (see Base course (a), under Base, n.) and footing courses; in a frame house, the whole substructure of masonry

  4. Foundation(noun)

    a donation or legacy appropriated to support a charitable institution, and constituting a permanent fund; endowment

  5. Foundation(noun)

    that which is founded, or established by endowment; an endowed institution or charity

  6. Origin: [F. fondation, L. fundatio. See Found to establish.]

Freebase

  1. Foundation

    A foundation is a legal categorization of nonprofit organizations that will typically either donate funds and support to other organizations, or provide the source of funding for its own charitable purposes. This type of non-profit organization differs from a private foundation which is typically endowed by an individual or family.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'foundation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2674

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'foundation' in Nouns Frequency: #909

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of foundation in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of foundation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Alfred A. Montapert:

    If you don't have solid beliefs you cannot build a stable life. Beliefs are like the foundation of a building, and they are the foundation to build your life upon.

  2. R. C. Samsel:

    Character is the foundation stone upon which one must build to win respect. Just as no worthy building can be erected on a weak foundation, so no lasting reputation worthy of respect can be built on a weak character.

  3. Barry Wynn:

    Nothing has been spared in building this foundation, it’s an incredible organization, and it’s nationwide. And I think when you see a rollout – if you do see a rollout -- you will see that that foundation is incredibly strong.

  4. Craig Minassian:

    The Clinton Foundation is a philanthropy, period, as with other global charities, the Clinton Foundation receives the support of individuals, organizations and governments from all over the world because our programs are improving the lives of millions of people.

  5. Alice Bast:

    National Foundation for Celiac Awareness encourages people diagnosed with celiac disease to have a serious, in-person, one-on-one conversation with relatives, national Foundation for Celiac Awareness does n’t just mean your first-degree relatives, National Foundation for Celiac Awareness means all of your entire family, including second degree-relatives.

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Translations for foundation

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • أَوْقاف, رَفْع, إِيجاد, إِنْشاء, أساس, تَأْسِيس, إِشَادَة, حَبيس, حُبُس, حَبيسَةArabic
  • нигеҙ, хәйриәBashkir
  • фондация, основа, основаване, фундаментBulgarian
  • fundació, fonamentsCatalan, Valencian
  • nadace, založení, základyCzech
  • sylfaenWelsh
  • grundlag, grundlæggelse, fundamentDanish
  • Stiftung, Fundament, Foundation, Gründung, GrundlageGerman
  • φον ντε τεν, θεμέλιο, σύσταση, ίδρυμα, ίδρυσηGreek
  • fondo, fundamento, fondaĵoEsperanto
  • fundación, cimiento, baseSpanish
  • فونداسیونPersian
  • säätiö, perustus, peruspääoma, perusta, perustaminenFinnish
  • fondement, fond de teint, fondationFrench
  • bun-stèidhScottish Gaelic
  • כינון, יסוד, ייסוד, קרן, בָּסִיס, תשתיתHebrew
  • alapozó, AlapítványHungarian
  • հիմնադրամ, հիմք, հիմնում, հիմնադրումArmenian
  • dasarIndonesian
  • stofnun, grunnur, meikIcelandic
  • fondazione, fondamenta, fondareItalian
  • 設立, ファンデーション, 基礎Japanese
  • ده‌زگا, بناغه, ده‌سگاKurdish
  • tūāpapaMāori
  • fundament, fundering, stichtingDutch
  • stifting, stiftelseNorwegian Nynorsk
  • stiftelse, Fundament, grunnmurNorwegian
  • bindiiʼáNavajo, Navaho
  • fondacionOccitan
  • fundacja, fundament, założenie, podkład, ufundowaniePolish
  • fundação, base, dote, fundamentoPortuguese
  • manquQuechua
  • fundație, temelie, fundamentare, fundament, înființare, fondare, fond de ten, fond, bază, întemeiereRomanian
  • цоколь, основа, фонд, тональный крем, базис, фундамент, основание, учреждениеRussian
  • بنياد, پِيڙهڪا, پِيڙههSindhi
  • подлога, fundament, zasnivanje, osnivanje, temelj, podloga, fundiranje, zadužbina, fondacija, utemeljenjeSerbo-Croatian
  • základySlovak
  • fond, grundplåt, arv, kapital, foundation, grund, donation, förmögenhet, bas, fundament, grundläggning, stiftelse, testamenteSwedish
  • msingiSwahili
  • vakıf, yardım kurumu, fondöten, kāide, kuruluş, temelTurkish

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