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found 1

tr.v. found·ed, found·ing, founds
1. To establish or set up, especially with provision for continuing existence: The college was founded in 1872. See Synonyms at establish.
2. To establish the foundation or basis of; base: found a theory on firm evidence.

[Middle English founden, from Old French fonder, from Latin fundāre, from fundus, bottom.]

found 2

tr.v. found·ed, found·ing, founds
1. To melt (metal) and pour into a mold.
2. To make (objects) by pouring molten material into a mold.

[Middle English founden, from Old French fondre, from Latin fundere; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.]

found 3

Past tense and past participle of find.


the activity or process of beginning an institution; foundation
first or original; present at the foundation: a founding director.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.founding - the act of starting something for the first timefounding - the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new; "she looked forward to her initiation as an adult"; "the foundation of a new scientific society"
commencement, start, beginning - the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"
authorship, paternity - the act of initiating a new idea or theory or writing; "the authorship of the theory is disputed"


A. Nfundación f
B. CPD founding fathers NPLfundadores mpl, próceres mpl (LAm)
Founding Fathers NPL (US) (Hist) → Padres mpl Fundadores


1. adj (principle, assumption) → di base
2. nfondazione f


(faund) verb
1. to start or establish. The school was founded by the king.
2. (with on/upon) to base on. The story was founded upon fact.
founˈdation noun
1. the act of founding. the foundation of a new university.
2. the base on which something is built. First they laid the foundations, then they built the walls.
3. an amount of money to be used for a special purpose or the organization that manages it. The British Foundation for Cancer Research.
ˈfounder noun
a person who founds a school, college, organization etc. We commemorate the founder of the school.
ˈfounding noun
The founding of the organization took place a long time ago.
ˈfounding ˈfather noun
1. the first or one of the first founders of an organization, a school of thought etc. the founding father of psychoanalysis.
2. The Founding Fathers of the United States of America were the people who drew up its constitution.
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Once the glaciers receded, the founding immigrants were able to people the rest of the Americas in a few hundred years, probably arriving in Patagonia around 11,000 BP.
The founding directors of Camp Treetops (1921), for example, had studied with Dewey.
David Mccullough's new biography of John Adams brings into sharper focus the life, works, and character of one of our nation's more neglected Founding Fathers.
The growth of NEPA has mirrored in many ways the success and growth enjoyed by those businesses operated by the original 17 founding publishers.