• Less important or less noticeable in a scene or system.


  • One's social heritage, or previous life; what one did in the past.
  • A part of the picture that depicts scenery to the rear or behind the main subject; context.
  • Information relevant to the current situation about past events; history.
  • A less important feature of scenery (as opposed to foreground).
  • The image or color over which a computer's desktop items are shown (e.g. icons or application windows).
  • A type of activity on a computer that is not normally visible to the user.


  • To put in a position that is not prominent.
  • To gather and provide background information (on).


Opposite words


  • back + ground

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