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Definition 1: preliminary preparation as a basis or foundation - [noun denoting act]

Samples where groundwork or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(groundwork is a kind of ...) the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose

"preparations for the ceremony had begun"

Definition 2: lowest support of a structure - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where groundwork or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for groundwork in the sense of this definition

(groundwork is a kind of ...) supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation

"the statue stood on a marble support"

(... is a kind of groundwork ) a foundation of earth or rock supporting a road or railroad track

"the track bed had washed away"

(... is a kind of groundwork ) a foundation (usually on soft ground) consisting of an extended layer of reinforced concrete

(... is part of groundwork) a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

"the structure consisted of a series of arches" "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"

Definition 3: the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where groundwork or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture

Synonyms for groundwork in the sense of this definition

(groundwork is a kind of ...) a hypothesis that is taken for granted

"any society is built upon certain assumptions"

(... is a kind of groundwork ) the fundamental part

"successful negotiation is the meat and potatoes of arbitration"

(... is part of groundwork) thought that makes something comprehensible

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