Meaning of “background check” in the English Dictionary

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"background check" in Business English

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background checknoun [ C ]

uk us 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” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)