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noun foundation pronunciation in British English /faʊnˈdeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [countable] [often plural] the part of a structure of a building that is below the ground and supports the rest of it

    How long will it take to finish digging the foundations?

  2. 2
    [countable] the most basic part of something from which the rest of it develops

    He believes that religion is the foundation of a civilized society.

    The first two years of study provide a solid foundation in computing.

  3. 4
    [uncountable] the process of creating or establishing a place or organization

    the foundation of the first grammar schools

  4. 5
    [countable/uncountable] a cream the same colour as your skin that you put on your face before the rest of your make-up
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to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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