US: /faʊnˈdeɪʃən/
UK: /fa‍ʊndˈe‍ɪʃən/

English Vietnamese dictionary

foundation /faun'deiʃn/
  • danh từ
    • sự thành lập, sự sáng lập, sự thiết lập
    • tổ chức (học viện, nhà thương... do một quỹ tư cấp tiền)
    • nền móng
      • to lay the foundation of something: đặt nền móng cho cái gì
    • căn cứ, cơ sở, nền tảng
      • the report has no foundation: bản báo cáo không có cơ s

Advanced English dictionary

+ noun
1 [C, usually pl.] a layer of bricks, CONCRETE, etc. that forms the solid underground base of a building: The builders are now beginning to lay the foundations of the new school. + The explosion shook the foundations of the houses nearby.
2 [C, U] a principle, an idea or a fact that sth is based on and that it grows from: Respect and friendship provide a solid foundation for marriage. + The rumour is totally without foundation (= not based on any facts). + These stories have no foundation (= are not based on any facts).
3 [C] an organization that is established to provide money for a particular purpose, for example for scientific research or charity: The money will go to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
4 [U] the act of starting a new institution or organization: The organization has grown enormously since its foundation in 1955. + She used the money to go towards the foundation of a special research group.
5 [U] a skin-coloured cream that is put on the face underneath other MAKE-UP
Idioms: shake / rock the foundations of sth
shake / rock sth to its foundations to cause people to question their basic beliefs about sth: This issue has shaken the foundations of French politics.

Thesaurus dictionary

1 basis, base, substructure, understructure, underpinning, bottom, foot, basement, cellar:
This foundation is of stone.
2 basis, base, fundamental, (underlying or fundamental) principle, grounds, groundwork, rationale, raison d'être, purpose:
Their morality finds its foundations in Judaeo-Christian culture.
3 founding, establishment, instituting, institution, creation, origination, setting up, organizing, organization, inauguration, endowment:
We voted for the foundation of an institute to study the English language.

Collocation dictionary

1 organization that provides money for sth


charitable, private


establish, set up
a charitable foundation established in 1983


~ for
a private foundation for sport and the arts

2 foundations: parts of a building below the ground


deep | concrete


dig, lay
digging trenches and laying concrete foundations
| shake, undermine
The thunder seemed to shake the very foundations of the building. They had dug too deep and undermined the foundations of the house.


In 1853 Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of the new palace.

3 basis for sth


excellent, firm, good, secure, solid, sound, strong | insecure, shaky, weak | ideological, intellectual, philosophical, political, theoretical | economic


build, lay, provide (sth with)
This agreement laid a sound foundation for future cooperation between the two countries.
| build on
We now have a firm foundation to build on.
| rest on
The peace treaty rests on shaky foundations.
| rock, shake, strike at, threaten, undermine
an event which rocked the foundations of British politics


course, year
The Fine Arts degree starts with a foundation year.
| subjects
All students have to do the foundation subjects of maths and English.


~ for
providing a solid foundation for this new democracy


rock/shake sth to its foundations
The scandal rocked the legal establishment to its foundations.

4 facts that show that sth is true


have no
malicious rumours which have no foundation


without ~
Rumours of his resignation are entirely without foundation.

Concise English dictionary

+the basis on which something is grounded
+an institution supported by an endowment
+the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained
+lowest support of a structure
+education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge
+a woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body
+the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new