Groundwork - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɡraʊndwɜːrk|  American pronunciation of the word groundwork
Brit.  |ˈɡraʊn(d)wəːk|  British pronunciation of the word groundwork

noun

- the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained (syn: base, basis, cornerstone, foundation, fundament)
- lowest support of a structure (syn: base, foot, foundation, fundament, substructure, understructure)
- preliminary preparation as a basis or foundation

we are prepared today because of groundwork that was done ten years ago

Examples

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

His speech laid the groundwork for independence.

Much of the groundwork has already been done.

we are prepared today because of groundwork that was done ten years ago

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