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English definition of “lay the foundations of/for”

lay the foundations of/for

C2 to produce the basic ideas or structures from which something much larger develops: The two leaders have laid the foundations of a new era in cooperation between their countries. He helped to lay the foundations of English drama.Imagining and conceiving
(Definition of lay the foundations of/for from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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