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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


Synonymslaminitis


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.
Somebody ----s


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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