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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

And in my own life, in my own small way, I've tried to give back to this country that has given me so much. That's why I left a job at a law firm for a career in public service, working to empower young people to volunteer in their communities. Because I believe that each of us - no matter what our age or background or walk of life - each of us has something to contribute to the life of this nation.
Michelle Obama

Shadow is the obstruction of light. Shadows appear to me to be of supreme importance in perspective, because, without them opaque and solid bodies will be ill defined; that which is contained within their outlines and their boundaries themselves will be ill-understood unless they are shown against a background of a different tone from themselves.
Leonardo da Vinci

I'm very proud to be black, but black is not all I am. That's my cultural historical background, my genetic makeup, but it's not all of who I am nor is it the basis from which I answer every question.
Denzel Washington

Any active sportsman has to be very focused; you've got to be in the right frame of mind. If your energy is diverted in various directions, you do not achieve the results. I need to know when to switch on and switch off: and the rest of the things happen around that. Cricket is in the foreground, the rest is in the background.
Sachin Tendulkar

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
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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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