[ bak-ground ]
/ ˈbækˌgraʊnd /



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

verb (used with object)

to supply a background to: The passenger's idle thoughts were backgrounded by the drone of the plane's engines.
to supply a background of information for: To background themselves, reporters dug through all available files on the case.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for background

/ (ˈbækˌɡraʊnd) /


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