[ fawr-ground ]
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  1. 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).

  2. a prominent or important position; forefront.

verb (used with object)
  1. to put in the foreground: The fact that the central character is Italian is not foregrounded.

Origin of foreground

First recorded in 1685–95; fore- + ground1

Words Nearby foreground Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use foreground in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for foreground


/ (ˈfɔːˌɡraʊnd) /

  1. the part of a scene situated towards the front or nearest to the viewer

  2. the area of space in a perspective picture, depicted as nearest the viewer

  1. a conspicuous or active position

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

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