Meaning of “foreground” in the English Dictionary

"foreground" in British English

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foregroundnoun [ S ]

uk /ˈfɔː.ɡraʊnd/ us /ˈfɔːr.ɡraʊnd/
the foreground

the people, objects, countryside, etc. in a picture or photograph that seem nearest to you and form its main part:

In the foreground of the painting is a horse and cart.

the area that is of most importance and activity, or that people pay attention to:

Historically, issues of this kind have not occupied the foreground of political debate.

foregroundverb [ T ]

uk /ˈfɔː.ɡraʊnd/ us /ˈfɔːr.ɡraʊnd/

to give the most importance to a particular subject, etc.:

His speech foregrounded the history of the decision.

(Definition of “foreground” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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foregroundnoun [ C ]

us /ˈfɔrˌɡrɑʊnd, ˈfoʊr-/

art the things in a picture that seem nearest to you:

The children are in the foreground in front of our house.

(Definition of “foreground” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)