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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?

  1. background

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How to use background in a sentence?

  1. Gerald Meehl:

    If [PDO] transitions back into positive, we'd see a resumption in these more rapid rates of global warming, having that shift in the background base state means that the peaks of the El Nino are going to be higher.

  2. David Teater:

    You talk to any cognitive psychologist, they've known this for decades, that the human brain can only focus on one attention-requiring task at any given moment. The other task is always in the background.

  3. White House:

    No employee of the executive branch is or has been authorized to disclose to the committee information about individual security clearance files or background investigations.

  4. Sheila Ayres:

    I like Ben Carson, but this one has been in the fight a lot longer, dr. Carson doesn't have the background in the political part of it.

  5. Tim Kaine:

    The gun laws in our country have done little to stem senseless gun violence, we have the power to make critical improvements, through universal background checks and other commonsense legislation, that will make it less likely that dangerous individuals will get a weapon in their hands and use it against others.


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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