foreground

noun
fore·​ground | \ˈfȯr-ˌgrau̇nd \

Definition of foreground 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the part of a scene or representation that is nearest to and in front of the spectator Objects in the foreground seem larger than those in the background.

2 : a position of prominence : forefront We want this issue to be in the foreground.

3 : a level of computer processing at which the processor responds immediately to input to a designated high-priority task — compare background

foreground

verb
foregrounded; foregrounding; foregrounds

Definition of foreground (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to bring to the foreground especially : to give prominence or emphasis to

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Examples of foreground in a Sentence

Noun

We want the issue to be in the foreground.

Verb

Public discussion has foregrounded the issue of health care. repeatedly foregrounded his experience in international affairs in the course of his campaign for the presidency
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Muñoz loves giving tours of the warehouse for that very reason – the background becomes the foreground. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Behind the scenes at Music Circus: "The better you are at your job, the less people notice"," 6 July 2018 Between two big foreground trees, an eccentric detail stands out. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Grafton Tyler Brown's California scenes at Pasadena museum's final show," 30 June 2018 Additional imagery will span massive water screens in the foreground on the lagoon. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Universal Orlando celebrates movies in new nighttime show," 22 June 2018 Fugard places issues of trust and loyalty in the foreground in front of the looming spectre of the harsh governing white minority forcing the characters into grim consolations. Marcus Crowder, San Francisco Chronicle, "Athol Fugard’s apartheid drama ‘Lesson From Aloes’ in S.F. just brilliant," 8 June 2018 Where once the grapes were the foreground and the place the background, now the place is the subject, and the grapes merely a means of transmission. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "A Vintner’s Quest to Create a Truly American Wine," 14 May 2018 Although an employee took the photo, many commenters joked that one smiling pooch in the foreground appeared to be snapping a selfie. Michelle Ewing, ajc, "LOOK: Dogs smile for the camera in viral daycare 'selfie'," 13 May 2018 As a shirtless Glover twists and contorts his body in exaggerated, sometimes humorous ways in the video's foreground, mayhem runs rampant in the background. Candace Mcduffie, Glamour, "Let's Acknowledge the Artists That Paved the Way for Donald Glover's 'This Is America'," 8 May 2018 The foreground of this film is the audience’s anxiety — tension. Simon Abrams, The Hollywood Reporter, "Did 'A Quiet Place' Take Enough Risks?," 16 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The hip-hop veteran No ID produced the album’s 10 tracks, using chopped-up soul samples and crisp rhythms for controlled, bittersweet soundscapes that foreground the lyrics. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Surprise Album Makes Marriage Into a Spectacle," 17 June 2018 The second season of GLOW, which was released in its entirety late last month, continues to foreground Ruth and Debbie’s relationship, culminating in a moment of violence and a furious, ugly fight in a hospital room. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Love Story of Debbie and Ruth," 10 July 2018 This doorstop of a biography foregrounds Obama’s love life in his early years, traces his journey-to-blackness narrative and seeks to challenge the near-monopoly the 44th president has on stories about his own life. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "New in Paperback: ‘Rising Star,’ ‘Mrs. Fletcher’," 8 June 2018 Still, Killing Eve cleverly resists the temptation to foreground the possibility of Villanelle’s redemption. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Killing Eve and the Riddle of Why Women Kill," 28 May 2018 Writer-director Tully (Septien, Ping Pong Summer) is interested in exploring several themes within the film’s surreal dream logic, but nothing is foregrounded more than good old-fashioned Catholic guilt. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Don’t Leave Home is a wonderfully atmospheric waking nightmare," 6 May 2018 And while every character does get a laugh, a heroic choice, or some other moment to shine, fans will no doubt be frustrated if their particular favorite hero isn’t foregrounded as much as other characters are. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Avengers: Infinity War is stunning, hilarious, and heartbreaking," 24 Apr. 2018 In the book, King provides needed perspective on nonviolent resistance, and prods readers to foreground their political attitudes and actions in ethics and intellectual consistency. Time Staff, Time, "10 Historians on What People Still Don't Know About Martin Luther King Jr.," 4 Apr. 2018 The class divide that plays a major role in contemporary Iranian films is foregrounded here. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Dressage': Film Review | Berlin 2018," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of foreground

Noun

1695, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1892, in the meaning defined above

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foreground

noun

English Language Learners Definition of foreground

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the part of a scene or picture that is nearest to and in front of the viewer

: an important position

foreground

verb

English Language Learners Definition of foreground (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (something) more important

foreground

noun
fore·​ground | \ˈfȯr-ˌgrau̇nd \

Kids Definition of foreground

: the part of a picture or scene that seems to be nearest to and in front of the person looking at it

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