groundbreaking

adjective
ground·​break·​ing | \ ˈgrau̇n(d)-ˌbrā-kiŋ How to pronounce groundbreaking (audio) \

Definition of groundbreaking

: introducing new ideas or methods has written a groundbreaking work

Examples of groundbreaking in a Sentence

She was honored for her groundbreaking work in nuclear physics.
Recent Examples on the Web The lawsuit marks the government’s most significant act to protect competition since its groundbreaking case against Microsoft more than 20 years ago. Michael Balsamo And Marcy Gordon, The Christian Science Monitor, "US Justice Department sues Google in landmark antitrust case," 20 Oct. 2020 The lawsuit marks the government’s most significant act to protect competition since its groundbreaking case against Microsoft more than 20 years ago. Michael Balsamo And Marcy Gordon, USA TODAY, "Justice Dept. files landmark antitrust case against Google," 20 Oct. 2020 The lawsuit marks the government’s most significant act to protect competition since its groundbreaking case against Microsoft more than 20 years ago. Dallas News, "Justice Department takes on Google in landmark case over online search, advertising dominance," 20 Oct. 2020 The lawsuit marks the government’s most significant attempt to protect competition since its groundbreaking case against Microsoft more than 20 years ago. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, "NY AG says 7 states may join DOJ's lawsuit against Google in coming weeks," 20 Oct. 2020 The lawsuit marks the government’s most significant act to protect competition since its groundbreaking case against Microsoft more than 20 years ago. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "Justice Dept. files landmark antitrust case against Google," 20 Oct. 2020 The lawsuit marks the government’s most significant act to protect competition since its groundbreaking case against Microsoft more than 20 years ago. Marcy Gordon, chicagotribune.com, "Feds file landmark antitrust case against Google," 20 Oct. 2020 The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2020 to three scientists for their groundbreaking work on black holes. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Three Scientists Shaped How We Think About Black Holes. Now They Have a Nobel Prize.," 6 Oct. 2020 From his groundbreaking work in Black Panther to his portrayal of Thurgood Marshall, Chadwick Boseman helped paint a new picture of what’s possible. Ally Mauch, PEOPLE.com, "Chadwick Boseman's Final Tweet Before His Death Was in Support of Democratic VP Nominee Kamala Harris," 29 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of groundbreaking

1907, in the meaning defined above

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“Groundbreaking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/groundbreaking. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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groundbreaking

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of groundbreaking

: introducing new ideas or methods

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