foundation

Part of speech: noun

The act of founding; base; basis.

Part of speech: noun

An endowment; endowed institution.

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Usage examples "foundation":

  1. This memorable document- which is ever regarded as the foundation of the Netherland Republic- contained twenty- six articles. - "Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete", John Lothrop Motley.
  2. To start a child with a foundation of good habits is better than riches. - "The Child Under Eight", E.R. Murray and Henrietta Brown Smith.
  3. The foundation is there, of course- the house rests on it- but one lives abovestairs and not in the cellar. - "The Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton, Part 2 (of 10)", Edith Wharton.