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"foundation" in British English

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foundationnoun

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

C1 [U] an occasion when an organization, state, etc. is established: the foundation of a new state
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 Foundation
[U] UK the first year of infant school, previously known as reception: a foundation class/teacher Her youngest child starts (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 sinking further 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 even colour and hiding unwanted marks
(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 their countries.
  • 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 generous contributor.
  • foundation noun (SUPPORT)

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

[C] an organization that has been established to provide financial support 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 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.
(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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