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

Examples of groundwork in a Sentence

they had collectively laid the groundwork for a new kind of art
Recent Examples on the Web Those skirmishes will happen later in camp, after the non-contact groundwork has been laid. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 5 Aug. 2022 President Biden signed an executive order that lays the groundwork for Medicaid to help women seeking abortions to travel between states to obtain access to the procedure. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2022 Gibbs brushed off the DCCC's involvement, telling reporters Tuesday morning in Byron Township that his campaign's groundwork in connecting to voters would be the difference in the race. Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, 3 Aug. 2022 The panel has laid out the factual groundwork that shows Trump and some of his acolytes set the stage for and encouraged the riotous mob. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 July 2022 Many of the January 6 rioters may have been energized by Trump himself, but the groundwork for waving a Bible at an insurrection was in place long before Trump entered politics. Sarah Posner, The New Republic, 25 July 2022 Without the groundwork going in, the crops do not appear. Jodie Cook, Forbes, 19 July 2022 In the 1890s, a trio of Boston Brahmin intellectuals founded the Immigration Restriction League, which laid the intellectual groundwork for many contemporary hard-line beliefs. Globe Staff,, 15 July 2022 Major events tend not to happen until the creative team has slowly but surely laid all the groundwork necessary for these events to make sense and have the maximum possible emotional impact. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 12 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of groundwork

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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