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English definition of “groundwork”

groundwork

noun [U]     /ˈɡraʊnd.wɜːk/ US  /-wɝːk/
work that is done as a preparation for work that will be done later : The committee will meet today to lay the groundwork for inter-party talks next month .Work, working and the workplaceWorking hours and periods of workPreparing
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