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foun·da·tion  audio  (foun-dshn) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. The act of founding, especially the establishment of an institution with provisions for future maintenance.
  2. The basis on which a thing stands, is founded, or is supported. See Synonyms at base1.
    1. Funds for the perpetual support of an institution; an endowment.
    2. An institution founded and supported by an endowment.
  3. A foundation garment.
  4. A cosmetic base.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English fundacioun, from Latin fundti, fundtin-, from fundtus, past participle of fundre, to lay the groundwork for ; see found1

OTHER FORMS:
foun·dation·al(Adjective)


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