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Synonyms for backgroundˈbækˌgraʊnd

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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, background, 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, background, 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, background, 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, background, 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, background, 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, background, 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, background, understate, minimise

    Antonyms:
    highlight, foreground, play up, spotlight


Translations for background

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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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