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English definition of “background check”

background check

noun [C]     (also background investigation)
HR a check of what a person has done in the past, usually as part of the process of deciding whether or not to employ them: Applicants can expect a thorough background check for trustworthiness in handling sensitive materials.conduct a background check on sb The airport finished conducting thorough background checks on 11,000 airport personnel who have access to secure areas. A criminal background check showed he had convictions but offered no details on what they were for.
(Definition of background check noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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