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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.


Synonymsgrounding


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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