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Definition of founder verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they founder
    he / she / it founders
    past simple foundered
    -ing form foundering
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  1. 1[intransitive] founder (on something) (of a plan, etc.) to fail because of a particular problem or difficulty The project foundered after problems with funding. The peace talks foundered on a basic lack of trust.
  2. 2[intransitive] founder (on something) (of a ship) to fill with water and sink Our boat foundered on a reef.
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