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"foundation" in British English

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foundationnoun

uk   us   /faʊnˈdeɪ.ʃən/
  • foundation noun (BEGIN)

C1 [U] an ​occasion when an ​organization, ​state, etc. is ​established: the foundation of a new ​stateC1 [C] an ​organization that has been ​created in ​order to ​providemoney for a ​particulargroup of ​people in need of ​help or for a ​particulartype of ​study: the British Heart Foundation the Environmental Research Foundation [U] UK the first ​year of infantschool, ​previouslyknown as reception: a foundation ​class/​teacher Her ​youngestchildstarts (in) foundation in ​September.

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  • 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 ​sinkingfurther into the ​ground.
  • 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 ​evencolour and ​hidingunwantedmarks
(Definition of foundation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"foundation" in American English

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foundationnoun

 us   /fɑʊnˈdeɪ·ʃən/
  • 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 ​theircountries.
  • 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 ​generouscontributor.
  • foundation noun (SUPPORT)

[U] a ​fact, ​idea, etc. that ​providessupport for something: These ​charges are ​completely without foundation (= ​false).
  • foundation noun (ORGANIZATION)

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

"foundation" in Business English

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foundationnoun

uk   us   /faʊnˈdeɪʃən/
[C] an ​organization that has been ​started in ​order to ​providemoney 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 ​fairtrial.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.
(Definition of foundation from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “foundation”
in Arabic أساسات…
in Korean 설립…
in Portuguese alicerce, base, fundação…
in Catalan fonaments…
in Japanese (建物の)基礎…
in Chinese (Simplified) 开始, 创建, 建立…
in Turkish temel, esas, asıl…
in Russian основа, фундамент, основание…
in Chinese (Traditional) 開始, 創建, 建立…
in Italian base, fondamenta…
in Polish podstawa, podwalina, założenie…
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