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American English: /ˈbækˌɡraʊnd/
British English: /ˈbakɡraʊnd/

Translation of background in Spanish:


  • 1 (of picture, scene) against a white background
    sobre un fondo blanco
    I could hear voices in the background
    oía voces en el fondo
    she prefers to stay in the background
    prefiere permanecer en un segundo plano
    the public knows little of what goes on in the background
    el público sabe poco de lo que pasa entre bastidores
  • 2 (of events)background (to something)
    antecedentes (masculine plural) (de algo)
    the background to the story
    los antecedentes del caso
    you have to look at the background to the strike
    hay que considerar las circunstancias que llevaron a la huelga or el contexto en que se dio la huelga
    against a background of rising inflation
    en un momento de creciente inflación
    Example sentences
    • Due to the number of calls regarding this, I'm including a little background information on the situation.
    • These organizations emerged against the background of a deepening economic and political crisis and an increasing entrenchment of racism.
    • But the background information about Yao Ming's upbringing is fascinating.
  • 3 (of person)
    (previous activities) experiencia (feminine)
    from a working-class background
    de clase obrera
    he comes from a religious background
    creció en un ambiente religioso
    her background is in research
    su experiencia/formación profesional es en el campo de la investigación
    Example sentences
    • We're providing very little incentive for students from social and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to come into education.
    • We all have different sensitivities, social backgrounds, families and different experiences of discipline and violence in real life.
    • One of the main aims of this project is not just to widen the cohort of volunteers, but also to make sure that young people of different social backgrounds can come together in a common experience.


  • (before noun)
    de fondo
    he'll give you some background information
    él te informará sobre la situación ( or el contexto, los antecedentes etc. )
    she gave a short background talk
    dio una pequeña charla de introducción al tema
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