Definition of prepare the ground in English:

prepare the ground


  • Make it easier for something to occur or be developed.

    ‘these measures prepared the ground for further reform’
    • ‘To do this he sets out to clear the undergrowth by caricaturing the achievements of the Reformation and trivialising its main points of contention, thus preparing the ground for something really important.’
    • ‘Several developments helped prepare the ground for this achievement.’
    • ‘And there can be few better ways of preparing the ground for that revival than bringing in one of Scotland's finest directors to stage one of theatre's classic political farces.’
    • ‘They claimed that a ‘cloak of secrecy’ has surrounded seven months of clean-up work to prepare the ground for a 148-home development.’
    • ‘They scarcely have time to develop their ideas before they are preparing the ground for their successor.’
    • ‘All the signals are that leading figures in all major parties are preparing the ground for a move the public is unlikely to enjoy: state funding of political parties.’
    • ‘In preparing the ground for such a development, an examination of the central lessons of the miners' strike is of vital importance.’
    • ‘It is a means of preparing the ground for enhancing personal development and contributes to partnership between an individual and the employing organisation.’
    • ‘In the 1610s and 1620s, the French painters in Rome and Venice, most of them fascinated by Caravaggio, prepared the ground for the future development of French painting.’
    • ‘While Treasury officials say the chancellor will not update his economic forecast until the pre-budget report in November, he is preparing the ground to revise his predictions downwards.’