groundwork foundation, basis, ground, *base
Antonyms: superstructure

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  • 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.… …   Wikipedia

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

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

  • 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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 …   New thesaurus

  • groundwork — ► NOUN ▪ preliminary or basic work …   English terms dictionary

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

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

  • 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… …   English dictionary