Definition of groundwork in English:

groundwork

Syllabification: ground·work
Pronunciation: /ˈgroundˌwərk
 
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noun

  • Preliminary or basic work: a manned space station is needed to lay the groundwork for a colony on the moon
    More example sentences
    • With these two books he covers most of the basic groundwork for becoming a photographer.
    • The first step is to do the basic groundwork of self-education on the issues and problems to be combated.
    • But no amount of groundwork could prepare you for the verticality of the cliffs here.
    Synonyms
    preliminary work, preliminaries, preparations, spadework, legwork, donkey work; planning, arrangements, organization, homework; basics, essentials, fundamentals, underpinning, foundation

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