foundation noun

1 organization that provides money for sth

ADJ. charitable, private

VERB + FOUNDATION establish, set up a charitable foundation established in 1983

PREP. ~ for a private foundation for sport and the arts

2 foundations: parts of a building below the ground

ADJ. deep | concrete

VERB + FOUNDATION dig, lay digging trenches and laying concrete foundations | shake, undermine The thunder seemed to shake the very foundations of the building. They had dug too deep and undermined the foundations of the house.

FOUNDATION + NOUN stone In 1853 Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of the new palace.

3 basis for sth

ADJ. excellent, firm, good, secure, solid, sound, strong | insecure, shaky, weak | ideological, intellectual, philosophical, political, theoretical | economic

VERB + FOUNDATION build, lay, provide (sth with) This agreement laid a sound foundation for future cooperation between the two countries. | build on We now have a firm foundation to build on. | rest on The peace treaty rests on shaky foundations. | rock, shake, strike at, threaten, undermine an event which rocked the foundations of British politics

FOUNDATION + NOUN course, year The Fine Arts degree starts with a foundation year. | subjects All students have to do the foundation subjects of maths and English.

PREP. ~ for providing a solid foundation for this new democracy

PHRASES rock/shake sth to its foundations The scandal rocked the legal establishment to its foundations.

4 facts that show that sth is true

VERB + FOUNDATION have no malicious rumours which have no foundation

PREP. without ~ Rumours of his resignation are entirely without foundation.