foundation Meaning in the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary
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Meaning of “foundation” - Learner’s Dictionary

foundation

noun
 
 
/faʊnˈdeɪʃən/
IDEA [C] the idea or principle that something is based on: Jefferson's document formed the foundation of a new nation.Motives and reasons
STARTING [U] the process of establishing an organization, state, or country: the foundation of a new stateBeginnings and starts
ORGANIZATION [C] an organization that gives money for a particular purpose: the Mental Health FoundationSocieties, clubs and organizationsCharity organizationsGenerous and charitable
foundations [plural] mainly UK ( US foundation [C]) the part of a building, road, bridge, etc that is under the ground and supports it: concrete foundationsConstruction work and workersFloors and parts of floorsParts of buildings in general
MAKE-UP [U] make-up that is worn all over the face to give it a smooth appearanceMake-up and skin care
be without foundation; have no foundation If something is without foundation, there is no proof that it is true: The allegations are completely without foundation.Motives and reasons
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…
(Definition of foundation from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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