found


found
found vb
1 *base, ground, bottom, stay, rest
Analogous words: *set, fix, settle, establish: sustain, *support: *build, erect, raise, rear
2 Found, establish, institute, organize are comparable when meaning to set going or to bring into existence something (as a business, a colony, or an institution).
Found implies nothing more than a taking of the first steps or measures to bring into existence something that requires building up. Just what these steps and measures are vary in usage; thus, a person who provides the funds for a new educational institution may be said to have founded it, and those who first devised the project and won his support may also be said to have founded it, as may also those who took the next steps (such as the choice of a site, the erection of buildings on that site, and the selection of the staff)
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found a parish in a new section of a city

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the Pilgrims in 1620 founded Plymouth Colony in what is now the state of Massachusetts

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a school of philosophy founded by Plato

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Establish (see also SET) is often employed in the sense of found', however, it may imply not only the laying of the foundations but also a bringing into enduring existence; thus, Brook Farm was founded (not established, because its existence was short) by George Ripley and others as an experiment in communistic living; Vassar College was not established until some years after the date of its founding
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the . . . Sisters of Loretto, who came to found the Academy of Our Lady of Light. The school was now well establishedCather

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Institute stresses an origination or an introduction; like found, it implies the taking of the first steps and like establish, the actual bringing into existence, but it differs from both words in its far wider range of application and in being referable to things (as a method, a study, or an investigation) which do not have a continuous life or a permanent existence
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institute a new society

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institute a new method of accountancy

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institute an inquiry into an official's conduct of his office

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Organize (see also ORDER vb 1) may imply founding, but it usually implies the taking of the steps whereby an organization (as a business, an institution, or a government) is set up so that it functions properly, with its departments clearly distinguished and governed by a responsible head and with a supervisory staff responsible for the working of the whole
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Smith College was founded by Sophia Smith but was organized by its first president and board of trustees

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the company sent him to Germany to organize its new branch there

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Analogous words: *begin, commence, start, initiate, inaugurate: form, fashion (see MAKE)
Contrasted words: uproot, eradicate, deracinate, extirpate, *exterminate, wipe

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  • found — found1 [found] [ME funden < OE funden, pp. of findan] vt., vi. pp. & pt. of FIND adj. designating something displayed as a work of art (or presented as a poem) that is actually a natural object or ordinary man made article (or a fragment of… …   English World dictionary

  • Found — Found, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Founded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Founding}.] [F. fonder, L. fundare, fr. fundus bottom. See 1st {Bottom}, and cf. {Founder}, v. i., {Fund}.] 1. To lay the basis of; to set, or place, as on something solid, for support; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • found — 1 past and past part of find found 2 vt: to establish (as an institution) often with provision for future maintenance Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Found — Found, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Founded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Founding}.] [F. fondre, L. fundere to found, pour.] To form by melting a metal, and pouring it into a mold; to cast. Whereof to found their engines. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • found — [faʊnd] verb [transitive] ORGANIZATIONS to start a new company or organization: • The company was founded back in 1947. * * * found UK US /faʊnd/ verb [T] ► to start a new business, organization, etc.: »The airline was founded 25 years ago …   Financial and business terms

  • Found — Found, imp. & p. p. of {Find}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Found — Found, n. A thin, single cut file for combmakers. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • found — [v1] bring into being begin, commence, constitute, construct, create, endow, erect, establish, fashion, fix, form, get going, inaugurate, initiate, institute, launch, organize, originate, plant, raise, ring in*, settle, settle up, start, start… …   New thesaurus

  • found — Ⅰ. found [2] ► VERB 1) establish (an institution or organization). 2) (be founded on/upon) be based on (a particular principle or concept). ORIGIN Old French fonder, from Latin fundus bottom, base . Ⅱ. found …   English terms dictionary

  • Found — found, founs, fons nm fond, partie inférieure, basse; dépression de terrain Alpes et Sud Est …   Glossaire des noms topographiques en France


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