Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun groundwork

3 senses of groundwork

Sense 1
basis, base, foundation, fundament, groundwork, cornerstone -- (the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture")
       => assumption, supposition, supposal -- (a hypothesis that is taken for granted; "any society is built upon certain assumptions")

Sense 2
foundation, base, fundament, foot, groundwork, substructure, understructure -- (lowest support of a structure; "it was built on a base of solid rock"; "he stood at the foot of the tower")
       => support -- (supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation; "the statue stood on a marble support")

Sense 3
groundwork -- (preliminary preparation as a basis or foundation; "we are prepared today because of groundwork that was done ten years ago")
       => preparation, readying -- (the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose; "preparations for the ceremony had begun")

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