noun ground·work \ˈgrand-ˌwərk\

: something that is done at an early stage and that makes later work or progress possible

Full Definition of GROUNDWORK

:  foundation, basis <laid the groundwork for a new program>; also :  preparation made beforehand <the groundwork was done before the winter tour — Susan Reiter>

Examples of GROUNDWORK

  1. <they had collectively laid the groundwork for a new kind of art>

First Known Use of GROUNDWORK

15th century


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