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background

noun  us   /ˈbækˌɡrɑʊnd/

background noun (THINGS BEHIND)

[C/U] things that appear to be farther away or behind what is nearer or in front, esp. in a picture: [C] He photographed the models against different backgrounds. [U] With so much noise in the background, I couldn’t hear what she was saying. [C] The city’s skyline was our background. [C/U] A background can also be whatever is happening around you but not involving you directly: Worry was always part of the background. art [C/U] In a painting or a story, the background is the people and things that are less important and not the main subject.

background noun (EXPERIENCE)

[C] the things that have made you into the person you are, esp. family, experience, and education: The school has students from many different backgrounds. [C] An event’s background is facts or history that help to explain how or why it happened: To understand the war, we need to consider its historical and political background.
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