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ground·work

 (ground′wûrk′)
n.
A foundation; a basis. See Synonyms at base1.
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groundwork

(ˈɡraʊndˌwɜːk)
n
1. preliminary work as a foundation or basis
2. (Art Terms) the ground or background of a painting, etc
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ground•work

(ˈgraʊndˌwɜrk)

n.
foundation or basis: to lay the groundwork for an international conference.
[1540–50]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.groundwork - the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
explanation - thought that makes something comprehensible
meat and potatoes - the fundamental part; "successful negotiation is the meat and potatoes of arbitration"
supposal, supposition, assumption - a hypothesis that is taken for granted; "any society is built upon certain assumptions"
2.groundwork - lowest support of a structuregroundwork - lowest support of a structure; "it was built on a base of solid rock"; "he stood at the foot of the tower"
bed - a foundation of earth or rock supporting a road or railroad track; "the track bed had washed away"
raft foundation - a foundation (usually on soft ground) consisting of an extended layer of reinforced concrete
structure, construction - 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"
support - supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation; "the statue stood on a marble support"
3.groundwork - preliminary preparation as a basis or foundation; "we are prepared today because of groundwork that was done ten years ago"
preparation, readying - the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose; "preparations for the ceremony had begun"
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groundwork

noun preliminaries, basis, foundation, base, footing, preparation, fundamentals, cornerstone, underpinnings, spadework These courses provide the groundwork of statistical theory.
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groundwork

noun
1. The lowest or supporting part or structure:
2. That on which something immaterial, such as an argument or a charge, rests:
base, basis, footing, foundation, fundament, ground (often used in plural), underpinning (often used in plural).
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Translations
الأعمال التَّحضيريَه
podklady
fundamentgrundlag
undirbúningsvinna
prípravné práce

groundwork

[ˈgraʊndwɜːk] Ntrabajo m preliminar or preparatorio
to do the groundwork for sthponer las bases de algo
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groundwork

[ˈgraʊndwɜːrk] npréparation f
to do the groundwork for sth → préparer le terrain pour qch
to lay the groundwork for sth → préparer le terrain pour qch
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groundwork

[ˈgraʊndˌwɜːk] nlavoro preparatorio, preparazione f
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ground2

(graund) noun
1. the solid surface of the Earth. lying on the ground; high ground.
2. a piece of land used for some purpose. a football ground.
verb
1. to base. His argument is grounded on a series of wrong assumptions.
2. to (cause a ship to) hit the seabed or shore and remain stuck.
3. to prevent (an aeroplane, pilot) from flying. All planes have been grounded because of the fog.
ˈgrounding noun
the teaching of the basic facts of a subject. a good grounding in mathematics.
ˈgroundless adjective
without reason. Your fears are groundless.
grounds noun plural
1. the garden or land round a large house etc. the castle grounds.
2. good reasons. Have you any grounds for calling him a liar?
3. the powder which remains in a cup (eg of coffee) which one has drunk. coffee grounds.
ground floor
the rooms of a building which are at street level. My office is on the ground floor; (also adjective) a ground-floor flat.
groundnutpeanutˈgroundwork noun
work done in preparation for beginning a project etc.
break new ground
to deal with a subject for the first time.
cover ground
to deal with a certain amount of work etc. We've covered a lot of ground at this morning's meeting.
get (something) off the ground
to get (a project etc) started.
hold one's ground
to refuse to move back or retreat when attacked. Although many were killed, the soldiers held their ground.
lose ground
to (be forced to) move back or retreat. The general sent in reinforcements when he saw that his troops were losing ground.
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