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background

noun (SITUATION)    /ˈbæk.ɡraʊnd/
B2 [S or U] the conditions that existed before a particular event happened, and that help to explain why it happened: These decisions have had to be taken against a background of high unemployment. Can you give me some background on (= information about the conditions that existed before) the situation?Situations and circumstances the background C2 If someone or something is in the background, they are not the main point of attention: Her worries about her job have faded into the background since she learned about her father's illness.Of little or less importance
(Definition of background noun (SITUATION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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