Meaning of “lay the foundation(s) of/for” in the English Dictionary

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"lay the foundation(s) of/for" in British English

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lay the foundation(s) 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.

(Definition of “lay the foundation(s) of/for” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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