Definition of groundwork in English:



  • Preliminary or basic work.

    ‘a manned space station is needed to lay the groundwork for a colony on the moon’
    • ‘With these two books he covers most of the basic groundwork for becoming a photographer.’
    • ‘Very effective groundwork has been laid by the politicians mentioned above.’
    • ‘The official picked a site where there was no groundwork needed to the right of the square.’
    • ‘If you have a limited budget, you can do some preparatory groundwork yourself to cut costs.’
    • ‘They set store by groundwork and say there is no shortcut to success.’
    • ‘Once that groundwork has been done, the picture tends to become a bit clearer about the budget needed to complete any deal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While the bikes have moved much ahead, and even cars have done some groundwork, the buses have not moved at all.’
    • ‘The first step is to do the basic groundwork of self-education on the issues and problems to be combated.’
    • ‘Of course there is some groundwork that must be laid out when embarking on this board game journey.’
    • ‘Teachers and administration had been working over the past weeks and groundwork had been done.’
    • ‘But no amount of groundwork could prepare you for the verticality of the cliffs here.’
    • ‘The groundwork of the songs rely on basic beats with a few tonal melodies interacting.’
    • ‘It just wasn't Montreal's time, but groundwork was being laid for what was to come.’
    • ‘With this groundwork in place, China is ready now to adopt a more flexible exchange rate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We have achieved a great deal this year and have established firm groundwork for continuing our work next year.’
    • ‘The groundwork on the new building began on Tuesday and the village hall trust hopes it will be ready by Christmas.’
    preliminary work, preliminaries, preparations, preparatory measures, basic work, spadework, legwork, hard work, donkey work, hack work
    planning, arrangements, organization, homework
    basics, rudiments, essentials, fundamentals, underpinning, footing, foundation, cornerstone
    nitty-gritty, nuts and bolts, brass tacks
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