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

they had collectively laid the groundwork for a new kind of art
Recent Examples on the Web For example, there’s no question the Punk Rock Museum, which opened last year, wouldn’t have set up shop in Las Vegas if Punk Rock Bowling hadn’t laid the groundwork. Jim Ruland, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2024 Discovery as a pioneering show that laid the groundwork for later additions to the Star Trek universe. Anandita Bhalerao, NPR, 31 May 2024 Such claims typically lay the groundwork for lawsuits against a government entity. Jakob Rodgers, The Mercury News, 29 May 2024 There had also been years of groundwork to register and mobilize new voters, particularly young and poor voters of color who had historically been less likely to participate. Maya King, New York Times, 18 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for groundwork 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of groundwork was in the 15th century

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“Groundwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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