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Meaning of “background” - Learner’s Dictionary

background

noun     /ˈbækɡraʊnd/
SOUND [no plural]
B2 Sounds in the background are not the main sounds you can hear: background music/noise I could hear a baby crying in the background.Sound and its properties
PERSON [C]
B1 a person's education, family, and experience of life: She came from a middle-class background.Ancestors and descendantsSituations and circumstances
PICTURE [C, U]
B2 the parts at the back of a picture, view, etc that are not the main things you look at: gold stars on a black background Pictures
SITUATION [C]
B2 the situation that an event happens in, or things that have happened in the past that affect it: [usually singular] The talks are taking place against a background of economic uncertainty.Situations and circumstances
in the background
If a person stays in the background, they try not to be noticed.Of little or less importance
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