(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. earth, terra firma, soil; foundation, basis; cause, reason; viewpoint. See covering. —v. base, establish; settle, fix; instruct. —adj. pulverized, grated; whittled, sharpened, abraded. See land, support, powderiness, region.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Soil]
Syn. sand, dirt, soil; see earth 2 .
2. [An area]
Syn. spot, terrain, territory; see area 2 .
break ground,
Syn. start, initiate, commence; see begin 1 .
cover ground,
Syn. move, go on, progress; see advance 1 .
cut the ground from under one or [m1]one's feet*,
Syn. deprive, prove wrong, talk down; see defeat 1 .
from the ground up,
Syn. thoroughly, wholly, entirely; see completely .
gain ground,
Syn. move, go on, progress; see advance 1 .
get off the ground*,
Syn. start, commence, come into being; see begin 2 .
give ground,
Syn. withdraw, yield, retire; see retreat 1 .
hold or [m1]stand one's ground,
Syn. maintain one's position, defend, sustain, dig in one's heels; see endure 2 .
lose ground,
Syn. withdraw, fall behind, drop back; see lag 1 .
on delicate ground,
Syn. in a sensitive position, unsteady, insecure; see weak 3 , 6 .
on firm ground,
Syn. reliable, secure, supported; see safe 1 .
on one's own ground*,
Syn. comfortable in, capable, proficient; see able 1 , 2 .
on shaky ground*,
Syn. uncertain, unreliable, weak; see inadequate 1 .
run into the ground*,
Syn. exaggerate, do too much, press; see overdo 1 .
suit (right) down to the ground*,
Syn. suit, be suitable for, be appropriate for, fulfill; see fit 1 , 2 .
1. [To bring to the ground]
Syn. floor, bring down, prostrate; see fell .
2. [To restrict]
Syn. cause to remain on the ground, bar from flying, take wings away, prevent from driving*, confine to one's home; see also restrict 2 .
3. [To instruct in essentials]
Syn. train, indoctrinate, educate; see teach 1 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
earth, soil, land, terra firma, turf, sand, terrain, real estate.
teach, educate, train, base, familiarize, prime, instruct, indoctrinate.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun 1. The lowest or supporting part or structure: base1, basis, bed, bottom, foot, footing, foundation, fundament, groundwork, seat, substratum, underpinning (often used in plural). See OVER. 2. That on which something immaterial, such as an argument or a charge, rests. Often used in plural: base1, basis, footing, foundation, fundament, groundwork, underpinning (often used in plural). See OVER. 3. A basis for an action or a decision. Often used in plural: cause, motivation, motive, reason, spring. See START. 4. A fact or circumstance that gives logical support to an assertion, claim, or proposal. Often used in plural: argument, proof, reason, wherefore, why. Idiom: why and wherefore. See REASON. 5. That which provides a reason or justification. Often used in plural: call, cause, justification, necessity, occasion, reason, wherefore, why. Idiom: why and wherefore. See START. II verb 1. To cause to fall, as from a shot or blow: bring down, cut down, down, drop, fell1, flatten, floor, knock down, level, prostrate, strike down, throw. Slang: deck1. Idiom: lay low. See RISE. 2. To provide a basis for: base1, build, establish, found, predicate, rest1, root1, underpin. See OVER.

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