founder

The person who creates an organization or a company is known as the founder. Founder is also a verb meaning "fail miserably," which is something a company's founder hopes the company will never do.

As a noun, founder means "the beginner or originator of something." You might talk about the founder of a nation, the founder of club, or the founder of a website. As a verb, founder can mean “stumble,” like when you trip and fall, but more generally it means "collapse or fall apart." A sports team might founder by slumping on a ten-game losing streak; a ship that sinks in a bad storm can be said to have foundered at sea.

Primary Meanings of founder

1.
n
a person who founds or establishes some institution
2.
v
sink below the surface
3.
n
a worker who makes metal castings
4.
n
inflammation of the laminated tissue that attaches the hoof to the foot of a horse
Full Definitions of founder
1

n a person who founds or establishes some institution

Synonyms:
beginner, father, founding father
Examples:
Sir Walter Raleigh
English courtier (a favorite of Elizabeth I) who tried to colonize Virginia; introduced potatoes and tobacco to England (1552-1618)
Cecil John Rhodes
British colonial financier and statesman in South Africa; made a fortune in gold and diamond mining; helped colonize the territory now known as Zimbabwe; he endowed annual fellowships for British Commonwealth and United States students to study at Oxford University (1853-1902)
Types:
cofounder
one of a group of founders
coloniser, colonizer
someone who helps to found a colony
foundress
a woman founder
Type of:
conceiver, mastermind, originator
someone who creates new things
2

v sink below the surface

Type of:
go down, go under, settle, sink
go under, "The raft sank and its occupants drowned"

v break down, literally or metaphorically

Synonyms:
break, cave in, collapse, fall in, give, give way
abandon, give up
stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims
burst, collapse
cause to burst
Types:
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go off, implode
burst inward
buckle, crumple
fold or collapse
flop
fall loosely
break
curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
sink, slide down, slump
fall or sink heavily
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v fail utterly; collapse

“The project foundered
Synonyms:
fall flat, fall through, flop
Type of:
fail, go wrong, miscarry
be unsuccessful

v stumble and nearly fall

“the horses foundered
Type of:
stumble, trip
miss a step and fall or nearly fall
3

n a worker who makes metal castings

Types:
bell founder
a person who casts metal bells
Type of:
skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker
a worker who has acquired special skills
4

n inflammation of the laminated tissue that attaches the hoof to the foot of a horse

Synonyms:
laminitis
Type of:
inflammation, redness, rubor
a response of body tissues to injury or irritation; characterized by pain and swelling and redness and heat

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