Main definitions of found in English

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found1

  • past and past participle of find

adjective

  • 1Having been discovered by chance or unexpectedly.

    1. 1.1 (of an object or sound) collected in its natural state and presented in a new context as part of a work of art or piece of music.
      ‘collages of found photos’
      • ‘Betke was better off when he was digesting found sounds into something murky and nebulous.’
      • ‘On the first album, you used a lot of found sounds recorded around the house.’
      • ‘More than a sonic photo album, this gives an interesting insight on the found sounds used on both albums.’
      • ‘Sounds that can be used must be generated as found sound by the composer/performer.’
      • ‘He was okay, but you've seen found pieces and discarded tat turned into art before.’
      • ‘As the song comes to a close, a mandolin slowly takes over, building a discreet line around a series of found sounds.’
      • ‘Using found musical reference, in a recognisable form is a tricky and perilous business.’
      • ‘Brady Cranfield had set up a pristine white area to host his collection of found records.’
    2. 1.2 (of art) comprising or making use of found objects.
    3. 1.3 (of poetry) fformed by taking a piece of non-poetic text and reinterpreting its structure metrically.
  • 2with submodifier (of a ship) equipped; supplied.

    ‘the ship was two years old, well found and seaworthy’

Pronunciation

found

/faʊnd//found/

Main definitions of found in English

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found2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Establish or originate (an institution or organization), especially by providing an endowment.

    ‘the monastery was founded in 1665’
    ‘the three founding partners’
    • ‘He told them, of course, that a colony founded on Quaker principles should not arm itself.’
    • ‘In the colonial period, a number of major colleges were founded primarily for the purpose of educating clergymen.’
    • ‘The Royal National Lifeboat Institution was founded.’
    • ‘Just as the Apple computer appeared, two researchers founded a company called Adobe and developed the laser printer.’
    • ‘The school was founded in May 1969 when Holly Champion was chairman of the education committee.’
    • ‘The club was originally founded in Monasterevin in 1989.’
    • ‘The school was originally founded by Thomas, Earl of Derby in 1509 and stood in what is now the grounds of Blackburn Cathedral.’
    • ‘The traditional women's organizations drew her support, as did those founded for newer purposes.’
    • ‘A company is originally founded by an engineer or scientist with an entrepreneurial streak.’
    • ‘The town was formerly a Roman military installation and a Benedictine monastery was founded there in the ninth century.’
    • ‘It was part of Rolls-Royce, one of the world's largest manufacturers of jet engines, which grew out of the original car-making company founded by Henry Rolls.’
    • ‘In 1997, she founded the School Leadership Academy, a nonprofit organization that fosters creative educational leadership.’
    • ‘The company got its start in 1964 by Bill Ellis, who originally founded the company to publish limited-edition prints.’
    • ‘A gild dedicated to the Virgin Mary was founded there in the early 15th century.’
    • ‘The association was founded over 15 years ago and has 14 volunteers on a regular basis.’
    • ‘I worked in Vienna in a therapeutic home which was founded by some American Quakers after the war.’
    • ‘Berkeley Primary School was founded in 1930, originally as separate infant and junior schools.’
    • ‘Fraternal organizations founded by one group would not admit members of the other groups.’
    • ‘His father was once an NU chairman, and his grandfather founded the organization.’
    • ‘Winn-Dixie was founded by his grandfather, father and uncles.’
    establish, set up, start, begin, get going, initiate, institute, put in place, form, create, bring into being, launch, float, originate, develop, inaugurate, constitute, endow
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    1. 1.1 Plan and begin the building of (a town or colony).
      • ‘He was born in the town of St Gallen, which was founded by an Irish monk named Gallus.’
      • ‘Not all of the early English settlements were founded entirely as commercial operations, though all of them depended on trade for their livelihood.’
      • ‘It was 1100BC when the Phoenician traders first founded a settlement on a site of the town that now proudly boasts it is the oldest continually inhabited city in western Europe.’
      • ‘Diego Velázquez began permanent settlement in 1511, founding Baracoa on the northeastern coast.’
      • ‘In fact, the settlement was founded by immigrants from Hertfordshire - second and third sons seeking riches in the New World, far from their more fortunate first-born brothers.’
      • ‘The Spanish founded several settlements along the coast, and Honduras formed part of the colonial era Captaincy General of Guatemala.’
      • ‘Life in the island goes on almost like it did in the 14th century when the settlement was founded.’
      • ‘In 1508 he founded the settlement of Caparra and in 1509 he was made governor.’
      • ‘They also introduced many new names as they founded new settlements.’
      • ‘On his return north he founded a settlement known as Kartharpur (the Abode of God) on the western banks of the Ravi river.’
      • ‘The whole initial cost of founding the settlement was less than £250,000, all of which was paid by the settlers.’
      • ‘The settlement was founded in 628BC, and such was its bounding economic success that, within 100 years, seven temples were under construction.’
      • ‘In the mid-1830s the Kendall settlers gave impetus to the westward movement of Norwegians by founding a settlement in the Fox River area of Illinois.’
      • ‘To the west of the Quay is the Rocks, where the first non-Aboriginal settlement was founded.’
      • ‘Industries were established soon after the settlement was founded - a brewery in 1843 and a flax mill, a tannery, solar salt works and a woollen mill by 1845.’
      • ‘Scottish immigrants founded a settlement in Dunedin in 1848 with William Cargill as the resident agent.’
      • ‘The Scots who founded the Otago settlement had a great concern with education and from 1858 moves were afoot to build an Athenaeum to contain a reading room, a library and a museum.’
      • ‘During the first summer he founded the settlement at Boston and some thousands of new settlers came in.’
      • ‘The currently generally accepted view is that this settlement was founded by the Salyes, a culturally homogeneous group by this time, around 190 BC.’
      • ‘In 1565, Spain claimed the Mariana Islands, but a colonial settlement was not founded until 1668.’
      build, construct, erect, put up, elevate
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  • 2usually be founded on/uponConstruct or base (a principle or other abstract thing) according to a particular principle or grounds.

    ‘a society founded on the highest principles of religion and education’
    • ‘This is what you get when your rules are not founded on principle.’
    • ‘Like it or not, our society for the most part was founded on a basic principle of freedom of choice.’
    • ‘The band was founded on three basic ideas: there would be no designated rehearsal time; in fact, set rehearsals were ‘officially banned’.’
    • ‘Many of today's girls' schools are founded on a commercial basis.’
    • ‘We suggest that self-effacing humor is founded on the premise of aggression.’
    • ‘As Tim and others have reminded us at great length, this nation was founded on the principles of the Declaration of Independence.’
    • ‘Our country was founded on the principle that responsibility comes with rights, not the other way around.’
    • ‘It should be a given, based on the principles it was founded on.’
    • ‘Why, this country was founded on such principles.’
    • ‘Indeed, it is founded on the idea that there is no definitive solution.’
    • ‘National is terribly clear that we support the idea that this nation is founded on the principle that we are all equal before the law, that we all have equal rights of participation in our Government.’
    • ‘Her empire is founded on the principle that anything worth doing is worth doing well, and that things done smartly are satisfying to use and joyous to experience.’
    • ‘I certainly stand by my assertion that the country was not founded on a principle of progressive taxation.’
    • ‘America's democratic republic is founded on the principle that all men are created equal.’
    • ‘These movies were good because they were founded on an idea: the force.’
    • ‘In this, they're denying both the evidence that our justice system does make mistakes, and the very principles it is founded on.’
    • ‘Their world is founded on principles and reasons so different from you, it is heresy you are guilty of, and you will pay.’
    • ‘The very notion of service is founded on the premise that you give more than you get.’
    • ‘What I mean by that is, neither country is founded on some set-the-world-on-fire idea.’
    • ‘The company was founded on the principle that art can be a powerful force.’
    base, build, construct, establish
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    1. 2.1 (of a thing) serve as a basis for.
      ‘the company's fortunes are founded on its minerals business’
      • ‘Much of the fortune of Dundee was founded on its jute mills and other textile industries, and its jute barons once competed with each other to build grand houses.’
      • ‘The Butterfield family was immensely wealthy, their fortune founded on the textile trade.’
      base, build, construct, establish
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French fonder, from Latin fundare, from fundus ‘bottom, base’.

Pronunciation

found

/found//faʊnd/

Main definitions of found in English

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found3

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Melt and mold (metal).

    1. 1.1 Fuse (materials) to make glass.
    2. 1.2 Make (an article) by melting and molding metal.
      • ‘The double decker bridge, one of only three in New Zealand, was founded on cast iron cylinders sunk into the river bed.’

Origin

Early 16th century: from French fondre, from Latin fundere ‘melt, pour’.

Pronunciation

found

/found//faʊnd/