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foreground

noun fore·ground \ ˈfȯr-ˌgrau̇nd \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of foreground

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

Examples of foreground in a Sentence

  1. We want the issue to be in the foreground.

Recent Examples of foreground from the Web

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First Known Use of foreground

1695


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foreground

verb

Definition of foreground

transitive verb
: to bring to the foreground; especially : to give prominence or emphasis to

Examples of foreground in a Sentence

  1. Public discussion has foregrounded the issue of health care.

  2. repeatedly foregrounded his experience in international affairs in the course of his campaign for the presidency

Recent Examples of foreground from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'foreground.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of foreground

1892


FOREGROUND Defined for English Language Learners

foreground

noun

Definition of foreground for English Language Learners

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

  • : an important position


foreground

verb

Definition of foreground for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) more important


FOREGROUND Defined for Kids

foreground

noun fore·ground \ ˈfȯr-ˌgrau̇nd \

Definition of foreground for Students

: 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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