Definition of groundwork in English:

groundwork

noun

mass noun
  • Preliminary or basic work.

    ‘the inquiry's findings are expected to lay the groundwork for a complete overhaul of the system’
    • ‘With these two books he covers most of the basic groundwork for becoming a photographer.’
    • ‘While the bikes have moved much ahead, and even cars have done some groundwork, the buses have not moved at all.’
    • ‘If you have a limited budget, you can do some preparatory groundwork yourself to cut costs.’
    • ‘Of course there is some groundwork that must be laid out when embarking on this board game journey.’
    • ‘Using this groundwork, Laurier wanted to build a strong national image for Canada.’
    • ‘Shaped in the form of a boat, the pavilion took seven days to build, while the concept and groundwork took two months.’
    • ‘Teachers and administration had been working over the past weeks and groundwork had been done.’
    • ‘The groundwork on the new building began on Tuesday and the village hall trust hopes it will be ready by Christmas.’
    • ‘The groundwork has now been prepared for the main contractors to start work in May.’
    • ‘It appeared students who had done their groundwork over the year were reaping the reward for their efforts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They set store by groundwork and say there is no shortcut to success.’
    • ‘Very effective groundwork has been laid by the politicians mentioned above.’
    • ‘Once that groundwork has been done, the picture tends to become a bit clearer about the budget needed to complete any deal.’
    • ‘The official picked a site where there was no groundwork needed to the right of the square.’
    • ‘We have achieved a great deal this year and have established firm groundwork for continuing our work next year.’
    • ‘With this groundwork in place, China is ready now to adopt a more flexible exchange rate.’
    • ‘It just wasn't Montreal's time, but groundwork was being laid for what was to come.’
    • ‘The groundwork of the songs rely on basic beats with a few tonal melodies interacting.’
    preliminary work, preliminaries, preparations, preparatory measures, basic work, spadework, legwork, hard work, donkey work, hack work
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Pronunciation

groundwork

/ˈɡraʊn(d)wəːk/