Synonyms of founder in English:



  • 1 the founder of modern physics
    originator, creator, (founding) father, prime mover, architect, engineer, designer, developer, pioneer, author, planner, inventor, mastermind
    literary begetter
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  • 1 the ship foundered
    sink, go to the bottom, go down, be lost at sea
  • 2 the scheme foundered
    fail, be unsuccessful, not succeed, fall flat, fall through, collapse, backfire, meet with disaster, come to nothing, come to naught
    informal flatline, flop, bomb
    [Antonyms] succeed
  • 3 their horses foundered in the river
    stumble, trip, trip up, lose one's balance, lose/miss one's footing, slip, stagger, lurch, totter, fall, tumble, topple, sprawl, collapse
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    founder, flounder
    It is easy to confuse these words, not only because they sound similar but also because the contexts in which they are used overlap. Founder means, in its general and extended use, ‘fail or come to nothing, sink out of sight’ ( the scheme foundered because of lack of organizational backing). Flounder, on the other hand, means ‘struggle, move clumsily, be in a state of confusion’ ( new recruits floundering about in their first week).

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