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Definition of "background" []

  • The ground or scenery located behind something. (noun)
  • The part of a pictorial representation that appears to be in the distance and that provides relief for the principal objects in the foreground. (noun)
  • The general scene or surface against which designs, patterns, or figures are represented or viewed. (noun)
  • A position or area of relative inconspicuousness or unimportance. (noun)
  • The circumstances and events surrounding or leading up to an event or occurrence. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "background" in a sentence
  • "I have no idea why the title background is gray at the beginning, but at least I figured out how to upload so the quality isn't total blur city."
  • "From the word background onward, I thought I was finished—with Fare anyhow, whatever long-term hopes I might have had about her."
  • "Oaxaca's zócalo, with facade of presidential palace in background, is a pleasant place to spend the afternoon."