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English definition of “foundation”

foundation

noun (BEGIN)    /faʊnˈdeɪ.ʃən/
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
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