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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 ​backgroundcheck for ​trustworthiness in ​handlingsensitivematerials.conduct a background check on sb The ​airportfinishedconducting thorough ​backgroundchecks on 11,000 ​airportpersonnel who have ​access to ​secureareas. A criminalbackgroundcheck showed he had ​convictions but ​offered no details on what they were for.
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