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Princeton's WordNet

  1. basis, base, foundation, fundament, groundwork, cornerstonenoun

    the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained

    "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"

  2. foundation, base, fundament, foot, groundwork, substructure, understructurenoun

    lowest support of a structure

    "it was built on a base of solid rock"; "he stood at the foot of the tower"

  3. groundworknoun

    preliminary preparation as a basis or foundation

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


  1. Groundworknoun

    That which forms the foundation or support of anything; the basis; the essential or fundamental part; first principle; as, development of a convenient DNA sequencing technique layed the groundwork for many of the subsequent advances in molecular genetics. Dryden.


  1. groundworknoun

    The foundation; the basic or fundamental parts that support or allow for the rest.

    The discovery of the laws of electricity laid the groundwork for a century of innovation.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Groundworknoun

    Etymology: ground and work.

    A way there is in heav’n’s expanded plain,
    Which, when the skies are clear, is seen below,
    And mortals by the name of milky know;
    The groundwork is of stars. John Dryden, Fables.

    The main skill and groundwork will be to temper them such lectures and explanations, upon every opportunity, as may lead and draw them in willing obedience. John Milton.

    The groundwork thereof is nevertheless true and certain, however they through ignorance disguise the same, or through vanity. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    The morals is the first business of the poet, as being the groundwork of his instruction. Dryden.


  1. groundwork

    Groundwork refers to the fundamental or basic work or formative preparation done on a particular project, theory, or system as its basis or starting point. It is essentially the initial stage of something, providing the essential foundation on which to build further.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Groundworknoun

    that which forms the foundation or support of anything; the basis; the essential or fundamental part; first principle

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of groundwork in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of groundwork in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of groundwork in a Sentence

  1. The Marine:

    Data collected and lessons learned during OT-1 will lay the groundwork for F-35B deployments aboard U.S. Navy amphibious carriers now that the U.S. Marine Corps' F-35B Lightning II aircraft reached initial operational capability (IOC) on July 31, 2015.

  2. Joe Biden:

    Senator Sanders and his supporters can take pride in their work in laying the groundwork for these ideas, and Im proud to adopt them as part of my campaign at this critical moment in responding to the coronavirus crisis.

  3. Pfizer Inc:

    We are already laying the groundwork to respond quickly if a variant of SARS-CoV-2 shows evidence of escaping immunity by our vaccine.

  4. Maryanne Martini:

    We’ve run the numbers with polling and modeling in all 50 states, and our latest numbers show an independent could win outright in the Electoral College, and that they would draw votes equally from both sides, this is why we’re collecting signatures, recruiting volunteers, and laying the groundwork for an independent ticket IF, and ONLY IF, both parties put up unappealing candidates for the next presidential election.

  5. Joe Manimbo:

    Caution is on the rise ahead of next week's Fed meeting. On the one hand, steady job growth has many expecting the Fed to lay the groundwork for an eventual rate hike. But this rapid rise in the dollar could warrant a warning from the Fed as a potential threat to growth.

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