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English noun: founder

1. founder (state) inflammation of the laminated tissue that attaches the hoof to the foot of a horse


Broader (hypernym)inflammation, redness, rubor

2. founder (person) a person who founds or establishes some institution

SamplesGeorge Washington is the father of his country.

Synonymsbeginner, father, founding father

Broader (hypernym)conceiver, mastermind, originator

Narrower (hyponym)cofounder, coloniser, colonizer, foundress

3. founder (person) a worker who makes metal castings

Broader (hypernym)skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker

Narrower (hyponym)bell founder

English verb: founder

1. founder (social) fail utterly; collapse

SamplesThe project foundered.

ExamplesThe business is going to founder

Synonymsfall flat, fall through, flop

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)fail, go wrong, miscarry

2. founder (motion) sink below the surface

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
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Broader (hypernym)go down, go under, settle, sink

3. founder (motion) break down, literally or metaphorically

SamplesThe wall collapsed.
The business collapsed.
The dam broke.
The roof collapsed.
The wall gave in.
The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice.

Synonymsbreak, cave in, collapse, fall in, give, give way

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)break, buckle, crumple, flop, go off, implode, sink, slide down, slump

Verb groupabandon, burst, collapse, give up

4. founder (motion) stumble and nearly fall

SamplesThe horses foundered.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)stumble, trip

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