lay the foundation of

See: generate
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Will they ever lay the foundation of a traveling service through the solar world?
In order to work out the whole subject theoretically and to complete his book, which, in Levin's daydreams, was not merely to effect a revolution in political economy, but to annihilate that science entirely and to lay the foundation of a new science of the relation of the people to the soil, all that was left to do was to make a tour abroad, and to study on the spot all that had been done in the same direction, and to collect conclusive evidence that all that had been done there was not what was wanted.
A Christian missionary or two, and some trifling assistance from government, to protect them from the predatory and warlike tribes, might lay the foundation of a Christian people in the midst of the great western wilderness, who would "wear the Americans near their hearts.
Take it, mistress housekeeper; open the window and fling it into the yard and lay the foundation of the pile for the bonfire we are to make.
In Manipur, Mukherjee will attend the Diamond Jubilee of Adimjati Shiksha Ashram at Imphal today where he will inaugurate the Amity Hall and SC/ST Girls Hostel and also lay the foundation of Working Women's Hostel and Tribal Boys' Hostel.