groundwork








noun

  1. foundation or basis: He laid the groundwork for an international conference.

noun

  1. preliminary work as a foundation or basis
  2. the ground or background of a painting, etc
n.

mid-15c., from ground (n.) + work (n.). Cf. Middle Dutch grontwerck, Dutch grondwerk, German grundwerk. Originally “the solid base on which a structure is built;” figurative sense is from 1550s.

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