synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of background in English

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back +‎ ground


  • IPA(key): /ˈbæk.ɡɹaʊnd/


background (not comparable)

  1. Less important or less noticeable in a scene or system.


  • conspicuous, foreground, forestanding, primary, prominent


background (countable and uncountable, plural backgrounds)

  1. One's social heritage, or previous life; what one did in the past.
  2. A part of the picture that depicts scenery to the rear or behind the main subject; context.
  3. Information relevant to the current situation about past events; history.
  4. A less important feature of scenery (as opposed to foreground).
  5. (computing) The image or color over which a computer's desktop items are shown (e.g. icons or application windows).
  6. (computing) A type of activity on a computer that is not normally visible to the user.

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background (third-person singular simple present backgrounds, present participle backgrounding, simple past and past participle backgrounded)

  1. To put in a position that is not prominent.
    • 2006, Paul Baker, Using Corpora in Discourse Analysis, page 163:
      One aspect of the story that appears interesting is that the alleged rapist and victim are only referred to by name together in the same sentence once. In all the other sentences, one receives more focus, while the other is backgrounded.
  2. (journalism) To gather and provide background information (on).



background m (plural backgrounds)

  1. background

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