One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1often foundations‘the weight of the roof is transmitted through the walls down to the foundations’
footing, foot, base, substructure, understructure, underpinning
bottom, bedrock, substratum
2‘keeping records is the foundation of any personnel system’
basis, starting point, base, point of departure, beginning, premise
fundamental point, fundamental principle, principal constituent, main ingredient
principles, fundamentals, rudiments
cornerstone, core, heart, thrust, essence, kernel, nub, underpinning, groundwork
3‘there was no foundation for the claim’
justification, grounds, defence, reason, cause, mitigating circumstances, mitigation, extenuation, explanation, occasion, basis, motive, motivation, excuse, call, pretext, provocation
4‘soon after the foundation of the company’
founding, establishing, setting up, starting, initiation, institution, forming, creation, launch, flotation, origination, development, inauguration, constitution, endowment
5‘in his will he set up an educational foundation’
endowed institution, institution, charitable body, funding agency, source of funds
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