ground·​work | \ ˈgrau̇nd-ˌwərk How to pronounce groundwork (audio) \

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

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they had collectively laid the groundwork for a new kind of art
Recent Examples on the Web In that same interview, Lawrence credited Clone High with laying the groundwork for popular contemporary cartoons with an absurdist streak, like BoJack Horseman or Rick & Morty. Christian Holub,, "MTV is bringing back Clone High with original creators Phil Lord and Chris Miller," 2 July 2020 From picking a room with the appropriate ceiling height, to convincing Obama to make noodles with a world leader, Marshall shared stories illustrating how the smallest gestures laid the groundwork for successfully diplomacy. NBC News, "Obama's former Protocol Chief on how to make diplomacy work for you, especially during these uncharted times," 1 July 2020 The previous version of the committee laid the groundwork for a major climate bill during President Barack Obama’s first year in office that passed the House but died in the Senate. Steven Mufson, Washington Post, "House Democrats unveil ambitious climate package, steering toward a net-zero economy by 2050," 30 June 2020 A successful year could translate into a nice payday in 2021 and a lengthy second act for Newton, and for Belichick, this year could lay groundwork for the next chapter of the coach’s storied reign. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Cam Newton-New England Patriots union could be a match made in heaven," 29 June 2020 Hecht, who helped lay the groundwork for for impact statement requirements in 2018, argued that proposals for research funding should include a similar section on potential harms. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "AI gatekeepers are taking baby steps toward raising ethical standards," 26 June 2020 This laid the groundwork for modern satellite-dependent global positioning systems, which started once the Soviets launched the Sputnik satellite. Larry Printz, Ars Technica, "The long, winding, technological road to GPS in every car," 24 June 2020 This new direction for post–Cold War American foreign policy, which laid the groundwork for the Iraq fiasco, anticipated Trump’s abandonment of the Paris Accord on global warming and his scuttling of the Iran nuclear deal. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Republican Phantasmagoria," 18 June 2020 That order also helped lay the groundwork for the DOJ's legislative proposals on Wednesday. Brian Fung, CNN, "Justice Department wants to upend Silicon Valley's legal shield," 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of groundwork

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Groundwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of groundwork

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


ground·​work | \ ˈgrau̇nd-ˌwərk How to pronounce groundwork (audio) \

Kids Definition of groundwork

: something upon which further work or progress is based

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