groundwork groundwork  /ˈɡraʊnd ˌwɜrk/


  1. (n) the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained
  2. (n) lowest support of a structure
  3. (n) preliminary preparation as a basis or foundation


  1. A major revelation, in its charming way it lays the groundwork for both the jollities and existential torments of comix to come.
  2. The lean, hook-nosed Coppolino, 34, was caught up by the patient, plodding groundwork laid by Prosecutor Frank Schaub, 45.
  3. He did not leave covered with garlands, but he set a groundwork for what would be years of rapprochement between the Holy See and Islam.


  1. California passes a budget that could be a federal template

    Lawmakers approve a $96.3-billion spending plan that places the state at the leading edge of President Obama's healthcare overhaul. It also increases funding for schools and social services. SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers passed a budget Friday that lays the groundwork for the largest expansion of public healthcare in the country, placing the state at the leading edge of President Obama's ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. Youth work camp to repair Norristown homes

    Norristown officials are laying the groundwork for 429 youth volunteers to repair, paint and refurbish the homes of poor and elderly Norristown residents in late June.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Montgomery Life

  3. Analysis: Kevyn Orr laying groundwork for potential Detroit bankruptcy

    As Detroit seeks a out-of-court resolution to its financial crisis, emergency manager Kevyn Orr continues to lay the groundwork for a potential Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Detroit Free Press


  1. "It is our expectation that the Annapolis process has laid groundwork which should make possible the establishment of a Palestinian state when the political circumstances permit," Ms. Rice said.
    on Nov 6, 2008 By: Condoleezza Rice Source: New York Times

  2. "We believe that this represents a solid plan to return to profitability and lay the groundwork for a solid future," Chrysler CEO Tom LaSorda said at a news conference.
    on Feb 13, 2007 By: Tom LaSorda Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "We brought the global economy back from the brink. We laid the groundwork today for long-term prosperity, as well," US President Barack Obama said after the meeting.
    on Sep 26, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: The Age

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affectation affectation
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