Part of speech: noun

A fundamental part; basis.

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Usage examples "groundwork":

  1. The groundwork of the arrangement was the family dresser, which, with its shining handles, and finger- marks, and domestic evidences thick upon it, stood importantly in front, over the tails of the shaft- horses, in its erect and natural position, like some Ark of the Covenant that they were bound to carry reverently. - "Tess of the d'Urbervilles A Pure Woman", Thomas Hardy.
  2. So he mastered the groundwork of his art. - "Haydn", John F. Runciman.
  3. And morals are the groundwork of all, and surely superior to the languages spoken by those who believed in heathen gods. - "Rossmoyne", Unknown.