Definition of “founder” - English Dictionary

“founder” in British English

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foundernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfaʊn.dər/ us /ˈfaʊn.dɚ/

C2 someone who establishes an organization:

She is the founder and managing director of the company.

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founderverb [ I ]

uk /ˈfaʊn.dər/ us /ˈfaʊn.dɚ/

(Definition of “founder” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“founder” in American English

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founderverb [ I ]

us /ˈfɑʊn·dər/

founder verb [ I ] (SINK)

to fill with water and sink, or fig. to fail:

The ship foundered in a heavy storm.
fig. Plans for a new airport have foundered because of budget cuts.

foundernoun [ C ]

us /ˈfɑʊn·dər/

founder noun [ C ] (PERSON)

someone who establishes an organization:

She is the founder and managing director of the company.

(Definition of “founder” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“founder” in Business English

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foundernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfaʊndər/ us

someone who starts a new business, organization, etc.:

As the founder of a petrochemicals business empire, he once ranked among Asia's wealthiest men.

founderverb [ I ]

uk /ˈfaʊndər/ us

to fail or be unsuccessful, because of problems:

In recent years her career has been foundering.
The deal foundered on price, with the owners wanting more than $150m for the five-star hotel.

(Definition of “founder” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)