Definition of found verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    found

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//faʊnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//faʊnd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they found
    BrE BrE//faʊnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//faʊnd//
     
    he / she / it founds
    BrE BrE//faʊndz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//faʊndz//
     
    ; BrE BrE//faʊndz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//faʊndz//
     
    past simple founded
    BrE BrE//ˈfaʊndɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfaʊndɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈfaʊndɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfaʊndɪd//
     
    past participle founded
    BrE BrE//ˈfaʊndɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfaʊndɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈfaʊndɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfaʊndɪd//
     
    -ing form founding
    BrE BrE//ˈfaʊndɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfaʊndɪŋ//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈfaʊndɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfaʊndɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  found something to start something, such as an organization or an institution, especially by providing money synonym establish to found a club/company Her family founded the college in 1895.
  2. 2  found something to be the first to start building and living in a town or country The town was founded by English settlers in 1790.
  3. 3[usually passive] found something (on something) to base something on something Their marriage was founded on love and mutual respect. see also ill-founded, unfounded, well founded
  4. 4found something (specialist) to melt metal and pour it into a mould; to make objects using this process
  5. see also find
    Word Origin senses 1 to 3 Middle English: from Old French fonder, from Latin fundare, from fundus ‘bottom, base’. sense 4 early 16th cent.: from French fondre, from Latin fundere ‘melt, pour’.Extra examples French settlers founded New Orleans. He founded a new religion. He founded the company 20 years ago.
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