Definition of foreground in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfɔːɡraʊnd/


(the foreground)
1The part of a view that is nearest to the observer, especially in a picture or photograph: the intricate garden depicted 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.
front, fore, forefront, forepart, foremost part, nearest part, closest part
1.1The most prominent or important position or situation: issues which have occupied the political foreground in recent years
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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, fore, front, front line, cutting edge, foremost position, leading position, position of prominence


[with object]
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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