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background

noun     /ˈbækɡraʊnd/
[C] HR the type of experience, training, education, etc. that a person has: We have applicants from many different types of background. As well as a sound background in economics and statistics, the candidate must demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively. educational/professional backgroundeconomics/science, etc. background Applicants must have a strong engineering background.
[S or U] the set of conditions that existed before a particular event, or information about them which helps to explain the event: So Deborah, why don't you give us a little background on the situation?
[U] IT a computer feature that allows processes to continue without interrupting the user: Keep your firewall and antivirus programs running in the background.
(Definition of background noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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