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

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Long term, the Americans will begin laying the groundwork for the 2023 World Cup. Steven Goff,, "USWNT will celebrate and be celebrated - and then it’s back to work," 8 July 2019 The third season of The Handmaid’s Tale is laying out the groundwork for an awful new plot progression: The claw of Gilead sweeping up north and grabbing all its former citizens back. Elena Nicolaou,, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 3, Episode 7 Recap: A Criminal Record," 5 July 2019 Countless activists on the ground have spent the past few years laying the groundwork to effectively mobilize communities for census participation. Adam Eichen, The New Republic, "Advocates Want Everyone Counted, No Matter the Fate of the Citizenship Question," 27 June 2019 However, Perez - who wants more big-name summer signings after a change in transfer policy - is believed to already be laying the groundwork to lure Mbappe to the club next summer., "Real Madrid to Continue Galacticos Pursuit With 2020 Plan to Sign Kylian Mbappe," 22 June 2019 The commission and authority recommendations were to change a tax incremental financing district at Bayshore to lay the groundwork for the local financing help. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Plan to provide $37 million in local funds to help redevelop Bayshore wins first public approvals," 4 June 2019 Federal Reserve officials earlier this month laid the groundwork to pause raising short-term interest rates. Emily Glazer, WSJ, "JPMorgan Profit Rises 67% Despite Cost Increases, Trading Decline," 15 Jan. 2019 Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda says her resolution adopted Monday lays the groundwork for City Light to help alleviate the city’s affordable-housing shortage. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Surplus City Light properties could be sold below market value for low-income housing," 30 July 2018 But much less is known about day-to-day life for LGBTQ people pre-Stonewall, and what took place prior to the rebellion that laid the groundwork for events that would change the course of modern LGBTQ history. Keegan O'brien, Teen Vogue, "What LGBTQ Life, Activism, and Organizing in the United States Were Like Before Stonewall," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of groundwork

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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