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foundation

noun
 
 
/faʊnˈdeɪʃən/
[C] an organization that has been started in order to provide money for a particular group of people or for a particular type of research: He gave £1m to set up a charitable foundation to help vulnerable young people.
[U] the act of starting a new business, organization, etc.: He helped lead the company out of its worst crisis since its foundation over a hundred years ago.
foundations [plural] PROPERTY the structures below the surface of the ground which support a building: The foundations will have to be reinforced to prevent the house from sinking further into the ground. the basic ideas or structures from which something important develops: the foundations of sth One of the foundations of democracy is a fair trial.lay/establish/build the foundations for sth The company says it is 'laying the foundations for future success'. firm/solid/strong foundations From firm foundations we will continue to grow the business.
Translations of “foundation”
in Korean 설립…
in Arabic أساسات…
in Portuguese alicerce, base, fundação…
in Catalan fonaments…
in Japanese (建物の)基礎…
in Italian base, fondamenta…
in Chinese (Traditional) 開始, 創建, 建立…
in Russian основа, фундамент, основание…
in Turkish temel, esas, asıl…
in Chinese (Simplified) 开始, 创建, 建立…
in Polish podstawa, podwalina, założenie…
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