groundwork

[ ground-wurk ]
/ ˈgraʊndˌwɜrk /

noun

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

Origin of groundwork

First recorded in 1540–50; ground1 + work
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groundwork

/ (ˈɡraʊndˌwɜːk) /

noun

preliminary work as a foundation or basis
the ground or background of a painting, etc
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