foundation

A foundation is the base for something. You often hear about the structural foundations of buildings, but a good idea can also be the foundation of a successful business.

In the simplest sense, foundations support something else. Friendship is the foundation of a good marriage, and many svelte figures rely on girdles (known to underwear specialists as a foundation garment). But foundations are also charitable organizations. And in cosmetics, foundation is gooey make-up that's supposed to match your skin tone.

Definitions of foundation
  1. noun
    the basis on which something is grounded
    “there is little foundation for his objections”
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    basis, footing, ground
    a relation that provides the foundation for something
    grass roots
    the essential foundation or source
    common ground
    a basis agreed to by all parties for reaching a mutual understanding
    type of:
    relation
    an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
  2. noun
    the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained
    synonyms: base, basis, cornerstone, fundament, groundwork
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    meat and potatoes
    the fundamental part
    type of:
    assumption, supposal, supposition
    a hypothesis that is taken for granted
  3. noun
    education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge
    “he lacks the foundation necessary for advanced study”
    synonyms: grounding
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    education
    knowledge acquired by learning and instruction
  4. noun
    the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new
    “the foundation of a new scientific society”
    synonyms: creation, founding, initiation, innovation, instauration, institution, introduction, origination
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    authorship, paternity
    the act of initiating a new idea or theory or writing
    type of:
    beginning, commencement, start
    the act of starting something
  5. noun
    lowest support of a structure
    synonyms: base, foot, fundament, groundwork, substructure, understructure
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    bed
    a foundation of earth or rock supporting a road or railroad track
    raft foundation
    a foundation (usually on soft ground) consisting of an extended layer of reinforced concrete
    railroad bed
    a bed on which railroad track is laid
    roadbed
    a bed supporting a road
    type of:
    support
    supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation
  6. noun
    a woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body
    synonyms: foundation garment
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    corset, girdle, stays
    a woman's close-fitting foundation garment
    roll-on
    a woman's foundation garment rolled on to the hips
    panty girdle
    a woman's undergarment that combines a girdle and panties
    type of:
    undergarment, unmentionable
    a garment worn under other garments
  7. noun
    an institution supported by an endowment
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    charity
    a foundation created to promote the public good (not for assistance to any particular individuals)
    philanthropic foundation
    a foundation that provides funds for science or art or education or religion or relief from disease etc.
    private foundation
    a charity that does not receive a major part of its support from the public
    public charity
    a charity that is deemed to receive the major part of its support from the public (rather than from a small group of individuals)
    type of:
    financial institution, financial organisation, financial organization
    an institution (public or private) that collects funds (from the public or other institutions) and invests them in financial assets
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