- 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 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[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
- 4found something (specialist) to melt metal and pour it into a mould; to make objects using this process see also find Word Origin senses 1 to 3 Middle English: from Old French fonder, from Latin fundare, from fundus
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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//