background

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Singular
background

Plural
backgrounds

  1. (uncountable) The background is what can be seen or heard behind other things that are closer or louder.
    I was talking to Mary, but I heard the phone ringing in the background.
    The play was good, and I especially liked the backgrounds that were used.
  2. (countable & uncountable) The background of a person is his/her history.
    The police checked his background to see if he had been in jail.

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Plain form
background

Third-person singular
backgrounds

Past tense
backgrounded

Past participle
backgrounded

Present participle
backgrounding

  1. (transitive) To make a background.