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Foundation, 1) the basis or groundwork on which any thing stands: Ven. 1047. Wint. I, 2, 429. II, 1, 101. John IV, 2, 104. H4A III, 1, 16. H4B I, 3, 52. Cor. III, 1, 205. Mcb. IV, 1, 58.
2) an establishment for a charitable purpose: “God save the f.” Ado V, 1, 327 (the customary phrase of such as received alms at religious houses). “--s fly the wretched, such, I mean, where they should be relieved,” Cymb. III, 6, 7 (quibbling between fixed places and charitable establishments).
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