groundwork

noun ground·work \ ˈgrau̇nd-ˌwərk \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

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 in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of groundwork

15th century



GROUNDWORK Defined for English Language Learners

groundwork

noun

Definition of groundwork for English Language Learners

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


GROUNDWORK Defined for Kids

groundwork

noun ground·work \ ˈgrau̇nd-ˌwərk \

Definition of groundwork for Students

: something upon which further work or progress is based


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