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English noun: foundation

1. foundation the basis on which something is grounded

SamplesThere is little foundation for his objections.

Broader (hypernym)relation

Narrower (hyponym)basis, footing, grass roots, ground

2. foundation (group) an institution supported by an endowment

Broader (hypernym)financial institution, financial organisation, financial organization

Narrower (hyponym)charity

3. foundation (artifact) lowest support of a structure

SamplesIt was built on a base of solid rock.
He stood at the foot of the tower.

Synonymsbase, foot, fundament, groundwork, substructure, understructure

Broader (hypernym)support

Narrower (hyponym)bed, raft foundation

Part meronymconstruction, structure

4. foundation (cognition) education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge

SamplesHe lacks the foundation necessary for advanced study.
A good grounding in mathematics.


Broader (hypernym)education

5. foundation (cognition) the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained

SamplesThe whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture.

Synonymsbase, basis, cornerstone, fundament, groundwork

Broader (hypernym)assumption, supposal, supposition

Narrower (hyponym)meat and potatoes

Part meronymexplanation

6. foundation (artifact) a woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body

Synonymsfoundation garment

Broader (hypernym)undergarment, unmentionable

Narrower (hyponym)corset, girdle, roll-on, stays

7. foundation (act) the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new

SamplesShe looked forward to her initiation as an adult.
The foundation of a new scientific society.

Synonymscreation, founding, initiation, innovation, instauration, institution, introduction, origination

Broader (hypernym)beginning, commencement, start

Narrower (hyponym)authorship, paternity

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