(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. base; basis; endow-ment; institution. See support, party, cause, preparation.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [An intellectual basis]
Syn. reason, justification, grounds; see basis 1 .
2. [A physical basis]
Syn. base, footing, foot, basement, pier, groundwork, bed, ground, resting place, bottom, substructure, wall, understructure, underpinning, solid rock, rest, roadbed, support, substratum, prop, stand, bolster, stay, skid, shore, pediment, post, pillar, infrastructure, skeleton, column, shaft, pedestal, buttress, abutment, framework, scaffold, beam, chassis, skewback, pile.
3. [That which has been founded]
Syn. institution, organization, endowment, institute, society, establishment, company, guild, trusteeship, corporation, association, charity, fund.
4. [The act of founding]
Syn. establishment, origination, institution; see establishing 1 .
See Synonym Study at base .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. base basis, groundwork, bedrock, footing, underpinning, substructure, support, rudiment, fundamental, root, grounds.
2. financing organization institution, establishment, charity, endowment.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. The act of founding or establishing: constitution, creation, establishment, institution, organization, origination, start-up. See START. 2. The lowest or supporting part or structure: base1, basis, bed, bottom, foot, footing, fundament, ground, groundwork, seat, substratum, underpinning (often used in plural). See OVER. 3. That on which something immaterial, such as an argument or a charge, rests: base1, basis, footing, fundament, ground (often used in plural), groundwork, underpinning (often used in plural). See OVER. 4. A fundamental principle or underlying concept: base1, basis, cornerstone, fundament, fundamental, root1, rudiment (often used in plural). See OVER. 5. A justifying fact or consideration: basis, justification, reason, warrant. See TRUE.

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