- 1 found something to start something, such as an organization or an institution, especially by providing money synonym establish to found a museum/company Her family founded the college in 1895.
- 2found 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
- 4 found something (technology) to melt metal and pour it into a mold; to make objects using this process see also find
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NAmE//faʊnd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they found
,he / she / it founds
,past simple founded
,-ing form founding