Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To establish or set up, especially with provision for continuing existence: The college was founded in 1872.
  • transitive v. To establish the foundation or basis of; base: found a theory on firm evidence.
  • transitive v. To melt (metal) and pour into a mold.
  • transitive v. To make (objects) by pouring molten material into a mold.
  • v. Past tense and past participle of find.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Come upon unexpectedly or after searching.
  • adj. equipped; supplied
  • n. Food and lodging, board.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of find.
  • v. To begin building.
  • v. To start some type of organization or company.
  • v. To melt, especially of metal in an industrial setting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. & p. p. of find.
  • transitive v. To form by melting a metal, and pouring it into a mold; to cast.
  • n. A thin, single-cut file for combmakers.
  • transitive v. To lay the basis of; to set, or place, as on something solid, for support; to ground; to establish upon a basis, literal or figurative; to fix firmly.
  • transitive v. To take the ffirst steps or measures in erecting or building up; to furnish the materials for beginning; to begin to raise; to originate

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Preterit and past participle of find.
  • To lay the basis of; fix, set, or place, as on something solid; ground; base; establish on a basis, physical or moral.
  • To take the first steps or measures in erecting or building up; begin to raise; make a beginning of; originate by active means: as, to found a city or an empire.
  • To make provision for the establishment of; originate by gift, grant, or endowment: as, to found an institution or a professorship by bequest.
  • To base one's opinion; rely: followed by on or upon: as, I found upon the evidence of my senses.
  • To east; form into shape by casting in a mold, as metal or a metallic article.
  • n. The operation of casting metal, etc.; the melting of metal or of the materials for glass, etc.
  • n. A three-sided, single-cut file, used in making combs.
  • To hasten; go (to get or seek something); strive.
  • A dialectal variant of fond, fand.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. food and lodging provided in addition to money
  • adj. come upon unexpectedly or after searching
  • v. set up or lay the groundwork for
  • v. use as a basis for; found on
  • v. set up or found

Etymologies

Middle English founden, from Old French fonder, from Latin fundāre, from fundus, bottom.
Middle English founden, from Old French fondre, from Latin fundere; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
see find. (Wiktionary)
From Anglo-Norman founder (French: fonder), from Latin fundare. (Wiktionary)
From Middle French fondre. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Griesbach is found to have pursued the truly German plan of setting down _all_ the twenty-five MS.. (193) and _all_ the five Patristic authorities which up to his time had been cited as bearing on the genuineness of S. Mark xvi. 9-20: giving the former _in numerical order_, and stating generally concerning them that in one or other of those authorities it would be found recorded “that the verses in question were anciently _wanting_ in some, or in most, or in almost all the Greek copies, or in the most accurate ones: — or else that they were _found_ in a few, or in the more accurate copies, or in many, or in most of them, specially in the Palestinian Gospel.”

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  • Mount Gesundheit might be the name found on the map of a fly.

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  • Generosity was a word found in dictionaries but rarely in mankind.

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