groundwork

  • 1 Groundwork UK — is an environmental organisation in the United Kingdom.HistoryIn 1980, the Countryside Commission launched an initiative known as UFEX80. This was re branded as Operation Groundwork in 1981, and the first Groundwork Trust came into being at St.… …

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  • 2 groundwork — UK US /ˈgraʊndwɜːk/ noun [U] ● lay the groundwork (for sth) Cf. lay the groundwork for sth …

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  • 3 Groundwork — Ground work (ground w[^u]rk ), n. 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 …

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  • 4 groundwork — index basis, cornerstone, foundation (basis), frame (structure), preparation, prerequisite Bur …

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  • 5 groundwork — mid 15c., from GROUND (Cf. ground) (n.) + WORK (Cf. work) (n.). Cf. M.Du. grontwerck, Du. grondwerk, Ger. grundwerk. Originally the solid base on which a structure is built; figurative sense is from 1550s …

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  • 6 groundwork — foundation, basis, ground, *base Antonyms: superstructure …

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  • 7 groundwork — [n] basis, fundamentals ABCs*, background, base, bedrock*, cornerstone*, footing, foundation, ground, infrastructure, origin, preliminaries, preparation, root, substratum, underpinning, understructure; concepts 274,442,660,661 …

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  • 8 groundwork — ► NOUN ▪ preliminary or basic work …

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  • 9 groundwork — [ground′wʉrk΄] n. a foundation; basis SYN. BASE1 …

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  • 10 groundwork — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ basic ▪ legal, theoretical, etc. VERB + GROUNDWORK ▪ do, lay, prepare …

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  • 11 groundwork — [[t]gra͟ʊndwɜː(r)k[/t]] N SING: the N, oft the N for n The groundwork for something is the early work on it which forms the basis for further work. Yesterday s meeting was to lay the groundwork for the task ahead... These courses provide the… …

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  • 12 groundwork — noun Date: 15th century foundation, basis < laid the groundwork for a new program >; also preparation made beforehand < the groundwork was done before the winter tour Susan Reiter > …

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  • 13 groundwork — n. to do, lay the groundwork for * * * [ graʊndwɜːk] lay the groundwork for to do …

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  • 14 groundwork — ground|work [ˈgraundwə:k US wə:rk] n [U] something that has to happen before an activity or plan can be successful ▪ His speech laid the groundwork for independence. ▪ Much of the groundwork has already been done …

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  • 15 groundwork — ground|work [ graund,wɜrk ] noun uncount work that you do in order to prepare for something lay the groundwork (for something) to do what is necessary before an event or process can begin: We re busy laying the groundwork for another campaign …

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  • 16 groundwork — UK [ˈɡraʊn(d)ˌwɜː(r)k] / US [ˈɡraʊn(d)ˌwɜrk] noun [uncountable] work that you do in order to prepare for something • lay the groundwork (for something) to do what is necessary before an event or process can begin We re busy laying the groundwork… …

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  • 17 groundwork — /grownd werrk /, n. foundation or basis: He laid the groundwork for an international conference. [1540 50; GROUND1 + WORK] * * * …

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  • 18 groundwork — noun 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 …

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  • 19 groundwork — noun (U) important work that has to take place before another activity, plan etc can be successful: The groundwork for the peace summit was laid during last month s conference …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 groundwork — noun their predecessors did all the groundwork and got none of the credit Syn: preliminary work, preliminaries, preparations, spadework, legwork, donkey work; planning, arrangements, organization, homework; basics, essentials, fundamentals,… …

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