n) KEY NOUN:
- The act of founding, especially the establishment of an institution with provisions for future maintenance.
- The basis on which a thing stands, is founded, or is supported. See Synonyms at base1.
- Funds for the perpetual support of an institution; an endowment.
- An institution founded and supported by an endowment.
- A foundation garment.
- A cosmetic base.
Middle English fundacioun
, from Latin fundti, fundtin-
, from fundtus
, past participle of fundre
, to lay the groundwork for
; see found1OTHER FORMS:foun·dation·al(Adjective)