Meaning of FOUNDATION in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ faʊndeɪʃ(ə)n ]

( foundations)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


The foundation of something such as a belief or way of life is the things on which it is based.

The issue strikes at the very foundation of our community...

This laid the foundations for later modern economic growth.

N-COUNT : usu the N of/for n

If an event shakes the foundations of a society or a system of beliefs, it causes great uncertainty and makes people question their most deeply held beliefs.

The destruction of war and the death of millions of young people shook the foundations of Western idealism...

PHRASE : V inflects


The foundations of a building or other structure are the layer of bricks or concrete below the ground that it is built on.



A foundation is an organization which provides money for a special purpose such as research or charity.

...the National Foundation for Educational Research.



If a story, idea, or argument has no foundation , there are no facts to prove that it is true.

The allegations were without foundation...

Each complaint is analysed very closely, and if it has no foundation it is rejected.

N-UNCOUNT : with brd-neg


Foundation is a skin-coloured cream that you put on your face before putting on the rest of your make-up.



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