Definition of foreground in English:


Syllabification: fore·ground
Pronunciation: /ˈfôrˌground


(the foreground)
  • 1The part of a view that is nearest to the observer, especially in a picture or photograph: the images show vegetation in the foreground
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    • This removes the foreground from view and treats the landscape as a panoramic vista rather than a visual extension of the interior space.
    • The pronounced distortions of the cobbled street and the seller of musical instruments in the foreground of this picture have provoked critics into a series of conjectures about how it was painted and originally displayed.
    • Perhaps the most intriguing question of all, though, regards the significance of the baby, which lies asleep, or quite possibly dead, swaddled so expertly in the foreground of the picture.
  • 1.1The most prominent or important position or situation: whenever books are chosen for children, meaning should always be in the foreground
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    • Gladstone's role as leader is emphasized by his prominent position in the foreground.
    • In the foreground, a situation is presented absent of context, prompting the reader to make assumptions that form the basis of prejudice.
    • The mixed criticism regarding the pop/rave culture crossover and merger arose from the important space, or foreground, which Britpop occupied in the film.
    forefront, vanguard, van, spearhead, head, lead, front, fore, front line, cutting edge


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  • Make (something) the most prominent or important feature: sexual relationships are foregrounded and idealized
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    • The collection also foregrounds some important questions about the Labour government and its agenda.
    • Families are also foregrounded as an important institution, and individuals are prayed for in terms of their role in a family structure.
    • Powers does not only want to hold on to embodiment and to difference as human features in the posthuman context, but also foregrounds the importance of agency.


late 17th century: from fore- + ground1, on the pattern of Dutch voorgrond.

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