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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.
    Their current economic prosperity rests on rather weak foundations.
  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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