background

[ bak-ground ]
/ ˈbækˌgraʊnd /

noun

adjective

of, relating to, or serving as a background: background noise.

verb (used with object)

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Idioms for background

    in / into the background, unobtrusive; inconspicuous; out of sight or notice; in or into obscurity: He kept his dishonest dealings in the background.

Origin of background

First recorded in 1665–75; back1 + ground1
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British Dictionary definitions for background

background
/ (ˈbækˌɡraʊnd) /

noun

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