From Wiktionary
foundation is on the Academic Word List.


  • (UK) IPA (key): /faʊnˈdeɪʃən/ or [faʊ̯nˈdeɪ̯ʃn̩]
  • (file)




  1. (countable) The foundation of something is the basic ideas or work behind it.
    These early inventions laid the foundations of modern radio technology.
    Her education gave her a solid foundation in all the major subjects.
  2. (countable) The foundation of a building is the solid base that is under it and that supports it.
    They dug solid foundations, spending a lot of time pouring concrete into four pits.
  3. (countable) A foundation is an organisation that collects money to do good things.
    The Open Software Foundation has opened up laboratories to test software.
  4. (uncountable) The foundation of a group, business, country, etc. is the act of starting it.
    The company has double in size every year since its foundation.
  5. (uncountable) Foundation is the first layer of cream or makeup.
    Dot the foundation over the face-on the nose, the cheeks, the chin and spread working from the face outwards.


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