groundwork

noun
ground·​work | \ˈgrau̇nd-ˌwərk \

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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And Musk has ancillary enterprises that lay the groundwork. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Kimbal Musk Is Reinventing Food One Shipping Container at a Time," 24 Oct. 2018 All four national cellphone companies are pushing to build out their networks with a profusion of small, local cells to keep their data-hungry customers satisfied and lay the groundwork for fifth-generation, or 5G, service. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "Across the U.S., 5G Runs Into Local Resistance," 13 Sep. 2018 Based on Twitter messages and other exchanges, the FBI says Butina moved to Washington on Torshin’s order to leverage their NRA contacts — and lay the groundwork for a long-term influence campaign. Matthew Bodner, The Seattle Times, "Misfire: Maria Butina’s strange route from Russia to U.S. jail," 10 Sep. 2018 Based on Twitter messages and other exchanges, the FBI says Butina moved to Washington on Torshin's order to leverage their NRA contacts — and lay the groundwork for a long-term influence campaign. Matthew Bodner And Angela Charlton, Fox News, "Misfire: Maria Butina's strange route from Russia to US jail," 10 Sep. 2018 Higher ups lay the groundwork for company culture and policies, thus making their role in diversity training exercises all the more important. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "Starbucks Is Closing All Its U.S. Stores for Diversity Training Day. Experts Say That’s Not Enough," 28 May 2018 InSight’s main mission is to check for quakes beneath Mars’ surface, which will help us learn how our solar system was created and lay the groundwork for similar exploration of potentially habitable planets elsewhere in the universe. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Mars lander launch to send car-sized probe to explore secrets of Red Planet," 4 May 2018 The United Nations has been struggling to help the opposing governments lay the groundwork for a new constitution and elections. Saleh Sarrar, Bloomberg.com, "Islamic State Hits Libya's Election Headquarters, Killing 14," 2 May 2018 Hay is laying the groundwork to become the next hit international design brand in America. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Is America ready for Denmark’s coolest design brand?," 1 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of groundwork

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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groundwork

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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

groundwork

noun
ground·​work | \ˈgrau̇nd-ˌwərk \

Kids Definition of groundwork

: something upon which further work or progress is based

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