ground·​break·​ing ˈgrau̇n(d)-ˌbrā-kiŋ How to pronounce groundbreaking (audio)
: introducing new ideas or methods
has written a groundbreaking work

Example Sentences

She was honored for her groundbreaking work in nuclear physics.
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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of groundbreaking was in 1907

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“Groundbreaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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