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Definition of Background

Background

  1. Ground in the rear or behind, or in the distance, as opposed to the foreground, or the ground in front.
  2. The space which is behind and subordinate to a portrait or group of figures.
  3. Anything behind, serving as a foil; as, the statue had a background of red hangings.
  4. A place in obscurity or retirement, or out of sight.

Background Quotations

What everyone in the astronaut corps shares in common is not gender or ethnic background, but motivation, perseverance, and desire - the desire to participate in a voyage of discovery.
Ellen Ochoa

I want to state upfront, unequivocally and without doubt: I do not believe that any racial, ethnic or gender group has an advantage in sound judging. I do believe that every person has an equal opportunity to be a good and wise judge, regardless of their background or life experiences.
Sonia Sotomayor

Many people you think are individual achievers in fact have either a strong spousal partner over many years or a business partner who's either in the background, not given enough publicity or less egocentric.
Michael Eisner

I have never denied my background or my culture. I have taught my child to embrace her Mexican heritage, to love my first language, Spanish, to learn about Mexican history, music, folk art, food, and even the Mexican candy I grew up with.
Salma Hayek

We know from our clinical experience in the practice of medicine that in diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment, the individual and his background of heredity are just as important, if not more so, as the disease itself.
Paul Dudley White
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Background Translations

background in Afrikaans is agtergrond
background in Dutch is achtergrond
background in Finnish is tausta
background in German is Hintergrund
background in Italian is sfondo
background in Norwegian is bakgrunn
background in Portuguese is fundo
background in Spanish is fondo, antecedentes, trasfondo
background in Swedish is bakgrund
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