Synonyms of founder in English

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noun

1‘Thomas Bodley, the founder of Oxford's Bodleian Library’

SYNONYMS

originator, creator, initiator, institutor, instigator, organizer, father, founding father, prime mover, architect, engineer, designer, deviser, developer, pioneer, author, planner, framer, inventor, mastermind, maker, producer, builder, constructor

literary begetter

rare establisher


Synonyms of founder in English

: founder1founder2

founder2


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verb

1‘the ship foundered on a voyage to Holland’

SYNONYMS

sink, go to the bottom, go down, be lost at sea, submerge, capsize, run aground, be swamped

informal go to Davy Jones's locker

2‘the scheme foundered due to lack of organizational backing’

SYNONYMS

fail, be unsuccessful, not succeed, lack success, fall through, fall flat, break down, abort, miscarry, be defeated, suffer defeat, be in vain, be frustrated, collapse, misfire, backfire, not come up to scratch, meet with disaster, come to grief, come to nothing, come to naught, miss the mark, run aground, go wrong, go awry, go astray

informal flop, fizzle out, flatline, come a cropper, bite the dust, blow up in someone's face, go down like a lead balloon

ANTONYMS

succeed

3‘some of their horses foundered in the river bed’

SYNONYMS

stumble, trip, trip up, lose one's balance, lose one's footing, miss one's footing, slip, pitch, stagger, lurch, totter, fall, fall down, fall over, fall headlong, tumble, topple, sprawl, go lame, collapse