The act of founding, fixing, establishing, or beginning to erect.
- The act of founding, especially the establishment of an institution with provisions for future maintenance.
- The basis on which a thing stands, is founded, or is supported. See Synonyms at base1.
- Funds for the perpetual support of an institution; an endowment.
- An institution founded and supported by an endowment.
- A foundation garment.
- A cosmetic base.