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Synonyms for background
ˈbækˌgraʊnd

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. background(noun)

    a person's social heritage: previous experience or training

    "he is a lawyer with a sports background"

    Synonyms:
    setting, background signal, scope, backcloth, screen background, desktop, background knowledge, backdrop, ground

    Antonyms:
    highlight, play up, foreground, spotlight

  2. background, ground(noun)

    the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground

    "he posed her against a background of rolling hills"

    Synonyms:
    screen background, setting, ground, priming coat, primer, background signal, soil, undercoat, basis, solid ground, dry land, primer coat, footing, land, priming, backcloth, background knowledge, scope, reason, flat coat, backdrop, desktop, earth, terra firma

    Antonyms:
    play up, foreground, spotlight, highlight

  3. background, background knowledge(noun)

    information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem

    "the embassy filled him in on the background of the incident"

    Synonyms:
    setting, background signal, scope, backcloth, screen background, desktop, background knowledge, backdrop, ground

    Antonyms:
    foreground, spotlight, highlight, play up

  4. background, background signal(noun)

    extraneous signals that can be confused with the phenomenon to be observed or measured

    "they got a bad connection and could hardly hear one another over the background signals"

    Synonyms:
    setting, background signal, scope, backcloth, screen background, desktop, background knowledge, backdrop, ground

    Antonyms:
    foreground, spotlight, highlight, play up

  5. background(noun)

    relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation

    "when the rain came he could hear the sound of thunder in the background"

    Synonyms:
    setting, background signal, scope, backcloth, screen background, desktop, background knowledge, backdrop, ground

    Antonyms:
    play up, spotlight, highlight, foreground

  6. setting, background, scope(noun)

    the state of the environment in which a situation exists

    "you can't do that in a university setting"

    Synonyms:
    place setting, screen background, scene, compass, ground, telescope, background signal, circumstance, reach, cathode-ray oscilloscope, ambit, setting, range, mise en scene, oscilloscope, backcloth, background knowledge, scope, mount, orbit, backdrop, desktop, context, stage setting

    Antonyms:
    play up, highlight, foreground, spotlight

  7. background, desktop, screen background(noun)

    (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear

    Synonyms:
    setting, background signal, scope, backcloth, screen background, desktop, background knowledge, backdrop, ground

    Antonyms:
    foreground, play up, highlight, spotlight

  8. backdrop, background, backcloth(verb)

    scenery hung at back of stage

    Synonyms:
    setting, background signal, scope, backcloth, desktop, background knowledge, screen background, backdrop, ground

    Antonyms:
    play up, highlight, foreground, spotlight

  9. background, play down, downplay(verb)

    understate the importance or quality of

    "he played down his royal ancestry"

    Synonyms:
    downplay, minimize, play down, understate, minimise

    Antonyms:
    highlight, foreground, play up, spotlight

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How to say background in sign language?

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How to use background in a sentence?

  1. Hillary Clinton:

    I’m hoping that at some point there will be an agreement to have an investigation. It would be very easy for the FBI to go back and finish the background investigation, to investigate these charges. And, you know maybe find out there’s nothing to them, maybe find out there is something to them. But, at least have that investigation completed. I think that’s a fair request for due process to be asked for.

  2. Ry Cooder:

    I didn't come from a very rigid background, where there's a clan or a tribe or a religion.

  3. Pete Buttigieg:

    Theres something happening right now, that calls for something completely different than what weve been seeing.Generationally different, regionally different, somebody with a different life story and a different background, and to the surprise of many, includingmyself, this moment could be the only moment over the last 100 years or the next 100 years, when its appropriate for someone like me to be in this conversation.

  4. Gwen Landt:

    Gwen Landt added. Gwen Landt said that Gwen Landt has spent much of Gwen Landt life taking care of fawns who have lost their mothers and are left to fend for themselves. These animals may look adorable but their background stories are really not sweet.

  5. Julieta Garibay:

    He's very much an immigrant traitor, he plays this card of, 'I have an immigrant background and I'm proud of my parents,' but yet he puts out this legislation that would definitely negatively impact folks coming from Cuba.


Translations for background

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  • خلفيةArabic
  • заден план, фонBulgarian
  • antecedents, bagatge, fonsCatalan, Valencian
  • pozadíCzech
  • baggrundDanish
  • Hintergrund, SchreibtischhintergrundGerman
  • segundo plano, fondo, antecedente, formaciónSpanish
  • پس‌زمینه, پس زمینهPersian
  • tausta, taustakuva, taustaväri, historia, taustatietoFinnish
  • arrière-plan, histoire, passé, milieu, antécédents, historique, tâche de fond, en arrière-plan, fond, fond d'écranFrench
  • cúlraIrish
  • cùl-fhiosrachadhScottish Gaelic
  • רקעHebrew
  • háttérHungarian
  • խորք, նախագիտելիքArmenian
  • secondo piano, formazione, retaggio, sfondo, istruzione, sottofondo, storia, bagaglio culturale, legato, antefatto, in sordinaItalian
  • バックグラウンド, 背景Japanese
  • 배경, 예비지식, 바탕색, 백그라운드Korean
  • backgroundLatin
  • dalszy plan, kontekst, doświadczenie, drugi plan, tło, tapetaPolish
  • plano de fundo, histórico, segundo plano, antecedente, fundo, experiência, instrução, formaçãoPortuguese
  • бэкграунд, фон, предыстория, предпосылка, происхождение, задний план, подоплёка, контекст, образование, фоновый режим, подготовкаRussian
  • pretpovijest, kontekstSerbo-Croatian
  • bakgrund, bakgrundsbild, skrivbordsbakgrundSwedish
  • geçmişTurkish
  • фонUkrainian
  • پس منظر کےUrdu
  • cơ sở, nền, hình nền, bối cảnhVietnamese
  • erî-planWalloon

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