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foundation

noun uk   /faʊnˈdeɪ.ʃən/ us  

foundation noun (BEGIN)

C1 [U] an occasion when an organization, state, etc. is established: the foundation of a new stateStarting, succeeding and failing in business C1 [C] an organization that has been created in order to provide money for a particular group of people in need of help or for a particular type of study: the British Heart Foundation the Environmental Research FoundationSocieties, clubs and organizationsCharity organizationsGenerous and charitable [U] UK the first year of infant school, previously known as reception: a foundation class/teacher Her youngest child starts (in) foundation in September.Schools in generalClasses, courses and coursework

foundation noun (BUILDING)

foundations [plural] the structures below the surface of the ground that support a building: The foundations will have to be reinforced to prevent the house from sinking further into the ground.Parts of buildings in general

foundation noun (UNTRUE)

be without foundation [U] (also have no foundation) C2 to be untrue: These allegations are completely without foundation.True, real, false, and unreal

foundation noun (MAKE-UP)

[U] a type of make-up that is spread over the skin of the face, usually before other make-up is put on, giving it a better and more even colour and hiding unwanted marksMake-up and skin care
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