Found, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Founded; p. pr. & vb. n. Founding.] To form by melting a metal, and pouring it into a mold; to cast. “Whereof to found their engines.”
Found, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Founded; p. pr. & vb. n. Founding.]
1. 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.
I had else been perfect,
Whole as the marble, founded as the rock. --Shak.
A man that all his time
Hath founded his good fortunes on your love. --Shak.
It fell not, for it was founded on a rock. --Matt. vii. 25.
2. To take the ffirst steps or measures in erecting or building up; to furnish the materials for beginning; to begin to raise; to originate; as, to found a college; to found a family.
There they shall found
Their government, and their great senate choose. --Milton.
Syn: -- To base; ground; institute; establish; fix. See Predicate.
adj : having a basis; often used as combining terms; "a soundly
based argument"; "well-founded suspicions" [syn: based]