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Meaning & Definition of Background in English

English

Background

/bækgraʊnd/

noun

1. A person's social heritage: previous experience or training

  • "He is a lawyer with a sports background"
    synonym:
  • background

2. The part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground

  • "He posed her against a background of rolling hills"
    synonym:
  • background
  • ,
  • ground

3. Information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem

  • "The embassy filled him in on the background of the incident"
    synonym:
  • background
  • ,
  • background knowledge

4. Extraneous signals that can be confused with the phenomenon to be observed or measured

  • "They got a bad connection and could hardly hear one another over the background signals"
    synonym:
  • background
  • ,
  • background signal

5. Relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation

  • "When the rain came he could hear the sound of thunder in the background"
    synonym:
  • background

6. The state of the environment in which a situation exists

  • "You can't do that in a university setting"
    synonym:
  • setting
  • ,
  • background
  • ,
  • scope

7. (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear

    synonym:
  • background
  • ,
  • desktop
  • ,
  • screen background

8. Scenery hung at back of stage

    synonym:
  • backdrop
  • ,
  • background
  • ,
  • backcloth

verb

1. Understate the importance or quality of

  • "He played down his royal ancestry"
    synonym:
  • background
  • ,
  • play down
  • ,
  • downplay

Examples of using

Here’s my flag for Nynorsk. Because the philosophy of Nynorsk is based on the maximum divergence from Danish, Danish background of the flag is to be replaced with Icelandic, because Icelandic served as inspiration for the language creators. The flag is not rectangular in form, because... Well, that Nynorsk is strange after all.
His poor educational background was not a bar to his advancement.
Paint the trees against the background of the blue sky.