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English definition of “foundation”

foundation

noun  /fɑʊnˈdeɪ·ʃən/ us  

foundation noun (BASE)

[C] the base that is built below the surface of the ground to support a building: a concrete foundation fig. The two leaders have laid the foundations of a new era of cooperation between their countries.

foundation noun (ACT OF ESTABLISHING)

[U] the act of establishing an organization, state, etc.: The foundation of the children’s home was made possible by a generous contributor.

foundation noun (SUPPORT)

[U] a fact, idea, etc. that provides support for something: These charges are completely without foundation (= false).

foundation noun (ORGANIZATION)

[C] an organization that has been established to provide financial support for activities and groups that are useful or helpful: the Ford Foundation
(Definition of foundation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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