foreground

noun
fore·​ground | \ ˈfȯr-ˌgrau̇nd How to pronounce foreground (audio) \

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 The hot pink cord of the earbuds plugged into his phone flapped distractingly in the foreground. Peter Coy, Bloomberg.com, "The Swedish Model Trades More Disease for Less Economic Damage," 16 May 2020 The brass armchair upholstered with Mongolian lamb in the foreground is vintage 1970s Mastercraft. David Nash, House Beautiful, "Shirley Robinson Creates a Family Home Full of Custom Details," 24 Apr. 2020 Hail can also be seen falling in the foreground as the storm intensified. Fox News, "Tornado in Oklahoma forms behind rainbow as severe weather strikes region," 22 Apr. 2020 Aperture also determines the depth of field, or how in focus the background of a photo is compared to the foreground. Will Egensteiner, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Camera Phones, Whether You’re an Apple Fan or Android Adherent," 31 Mar. 2020 The physical place occupies the foreground—the colors of plants tended or mistreated, and the frame of the vast, ever-changing sea. Lidija Haas, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 30 Mar. 2020 In the meme, generally speaking, the setup is thus: Two people stand in front of a mirror, one in the foreground, one in the background, and the person in the back dances and moves around while the person in front holds the phone. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "The "Flip The Switch" Challenge, Explained," 9 Mar. 2020 The physical place occupies the foreground—the colors of plants tended or mistreated, and the frame of the vast, ever-changing sea. Lidija Haas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 2 Mar. 2020 There are the two dopey-eyed fish, hovering in the image’s foreground, that seem to be part of another narrative, married here by Antonov’s skillful angling. Wired, "Depth of Field: When Photographs Turn the Real Into the Surreal," 3 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Their legacy is defined by how these artists are forced to reckon with boxes they are put in, in which a girl standing on-stage singing must be sad and hot and horny or angry, in which their gender always must foreground their work. Helena Fitzgerald, refinery29.com, "Whatever Happens: Fiona Apple Showed The Power Of Sad, Angry Girls In Music," 28 Apr. 2020 Their legacy is defined by how these artists are forced to reckon with boxes they are put in, in which a girl standing on-stage singing must be sad and hot and horny or angry, in which their gender always must foreground their work. Helena Fitzgerald, refinery29.com, "Whatever Happens: Fiona Apple Showed The Power Of Sad, Angry Girls In Music," 28 Apr. 2020 Their legacy is defined by how these artists are forced to reckon with boxes they are put in, in which a girl standing on-stage singing must be sad and hot and horny or angry, in which their gender always must foreground their work. Helena Fitzgerald, refinery29.com, "Whatever Happens: Fiona Apple Showed The Power Of Sad, Angry Girls In Music," 23 Apr. 2020 What sets this new book apart is how Bacevich foregrounds the question of what American foreign policy means. Roy Scranton, The New Republic, "American Foreign Policy Is Not Ready for Climate Change," 20 Apr. 2020 The novel, tense and lovely as a dancer’s clenched muscle, explodes into a mid-act twist, which brilliantly foregrounds questions of authorship and appropriation. The New Yorker, "What to Watch, Listen to, and Read While Coronavirus Self-Quarantining," 19 Mar. 2020 Like other Democratic hopefuls heeding the party’s strategy in the 2018 midterms, Harrison is foregrounding the issue of health care access. Paul Bowers, The New Republic, "How Lindsey Graham Could Lose in 2020," 16 Mar. 2020 As an ethical framework, communitarianism foregrounds reciprocity, interdependence, and shared responsibility, and seeks to secure equal freedoms for everyone within a collective. Whitney Phillips, Wired, "To Fight Covid-19, Curb the Spread of Germs—and Rumors," 11 Mar. 2020 Her inclusion is just one of the ways Monkman reimagines colonial-era paintings and foregrounds the indigenous experience. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "At the Met, Two New Monumental Paintings Foreground the Indigenous Experience," 19 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of foreground was in 1695

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25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Foreground.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foreground. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for foreground

foreground

noun
How to pronounce foreground (audio)

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 How to pronounce foreground (audio) \

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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