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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Examples of groundwork in a Sentence

they had collectively laid the groundwork for a new kind of art
Recent Examples on the Web But her loss led her to create Fair Fight, which helped lay the groundwork to enable Georgia Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Osoff win their Senate races this January. Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 Here are the four essential steps: 1) Lay the groundwork. Ron Carucci, Forbes, 6 June 2021 In other words, things are going to start moving soon (and Democratic aides make clear a lot of work has been taking place behind the scenes to lay the groundwork for the next steps). Lauren Fox, CNN, 4 June 2021 Still, neither Biden nor the GOP senators appear ready to call off talks, even as Democrats lay the groundwork for using budget rules to pass any big package on their own, without Republican votes. Lisa Mascaro And Kevin Freking,, 4 June 2021 Follow proper rules to ensure your business remains compliant and lay the groundwork for a solid reputation. Harrison Baum, Forbes, 21 May 2021 On May 5, Moore’s estate filed paperwork to lay the groundwork for a wrongful death claim. Dwight Adams, The Indianapolis Star, 12 May 2021 And lets lay the groundwork for good, lifelong habits. Heidi Stevens,, 10 May 2021 Decker said the exhibition is a community effort to initiate a broader, long-term conversation -- and to lay the groundwork for developing more exhibitions and programs that capture ideas, stories and perspectives related to Black lives in Alaska. Anchorage Daily News, 30 Apr. 2021

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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 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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