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Definition of foreground noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    the foreground
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  1. 1[countable, usually singular] the part of a view, picture, etc. that is nearest to you when you look at it The figure in the foreground is the artist's mother.
  2. 2[singular] an important position that is noticed by people Inflation and interest rates will be very much in the foreground of their election campaign. compare background
  3. Idioms
    in the foreground (computing)
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    (of a computer program) being used at the present time and appearing in front of any other programs on the screen compare in the background
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