[ fawr-ground, fohr- ]
/ ˈfɔrˌgraʊnd, ˈfoʊr- /
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the ground or parts situated, or represented as situated, in the front; the portion of a scene or picture nearest to the viewer (opposed to background).
a prominent or important position; forefront.

verb (used with object)

to put in the foreground: The fact that the central character is Italian is not foregrounded.



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Origin of foreground

First recorded in 1685–95; fore- + ground1
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British Dictionary definitions for foreground

/ (ˈfɔːˌɡraʊnd) /


the part of a scene situated towards the front or nearest to the viewer
the area of space in a perspective picture, depicted as nearest the viewer
a conspicuous or active position


(tr) to emphasize (an issue, idea, or word)
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