foundation-n; 7 Senses

Sense Number 1: basis

Commentary: The groundwork or assumptions on which something (an opinion, an argument, etc.) is based.

The argument took as its foundation the assumption that all men are created equal.
John's strong political opinions were the foundation of his personality.
This fundamental theorem is the foundation upon which all recent discoveries are based.

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Sense Number 2: institution

Commentary: An organization supported by an endowment.

Our school got a gift from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Mr. Pennybags created a foundation to manage his assets.

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Sense Number 3: physical substructure

Commentary: Usually the lower support of a building.

We poured the foundations for the new skyscraper.
The building was constructed on a foundation of solid rock.

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Sense Number 4: experience or education

Commentary: The basics in a field.

The applicant has a strong foundation in Computer Science.
He lacks to foundation necessary for advanced study.

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Sense Number 5: women's garment

Commentary: A woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body.

Mary's dress, worn over her tight foundation, was sexy enough to grab John's attention.

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Sense Number 6: starting or organizing

Commentary: FOUNDATION[+event] The act of setting something up, or organizing something. Resultative of the verb 'found'.

The foundation of the city occurred in 1807.
From the day of its foundation, the group sought to gain control over national politics.

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Sense Number 7: makeup

Commentary: The heavy, bottom layer of makeup, used to conceal blemishes.

Mary wore too much foundation, giving her face a painted-on look.
My blistering sunburn forced me to use a lot of foundation.

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