Definition of 'background'
Video: pronunciation of 'background'
Example sentences containing 'background'
These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
It means more opportunities for young people to mix with those from different backgrounds. The Sun (2016)This could be to distinguish the signals from the background noise of space. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Were you teased because of your poor background? Times, Sunday Times (2016)It can also reflect the background to a bout. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He wanted to stay in the background, taking pictures unnoticed. Times, Sunday Times (2016)They also had a lot of players from African backgrounds. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Yet both sailed through the application process, despite warnings that we would undergo criminal background checks. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The initials are underneath an image of the EU flag, comprising of a dozen yellow stars on a blue background. The Sun (2017)You sound like a background singer for a background singer. The Sun (2010)Some of the contestants from a variety of countries and backgrounds are pictured on the right. The Sun (2012)We just come from different dancing backgrounds. The Sun (2008)The bursary structure is also straightforward and generous to those from poorer backgrounds. Times, Sunday Times (2006)There are also strict background checks on employees. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The project aimed to show that doctors can be recruited from a more diverse social background. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Churches need to check the backgrounds of volunteers as well as employees. Christianity Today (2000)His choice depicts the silver fern on a blue and red background. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The volume on the background music was increased. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Yet for most people there is little understanding about the motivation or historical background of these fanatics. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Those with no family background of college education were put off by myths and rumours. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Why has the concept flourished that your class and background determine what you like? Times, Sunday Times (2014)He was proud of his background in motion pictures. Peril and Promise: A Commentary on America (1990)It results in a rich mix of students from various backgrounds with different experiences of education. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The sounds of my body were so loud that the war was almost like background noise. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Students from poorer backgrounds are now more likely to begin uni courses. The Sun (2015)Students from poorer backgrounds were also more likely to drop out. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The differences of period were at least as important as those of social background. The Times Literary Supplement (2014)But the plan was cancelled partly because a technical fault that marred the sound with a background hum. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Another big audio crime is turning up your MP3 player to overcome background hubbub. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Background checks are carried out on each contestant, in line with industry practice. The Sun (2012)Although the country's budget surplus will be welcomed, the shrinkage of the economy against a background of growth in the wider currency union highlighted its continuing problems. Times, Sunday Times (2015)
Trends of 'background'
Very Common. background is one of the 4000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
View usage for:
Translations for 'background'
British English: background /ˈbækˌɡraʊnd/ NOUN
Your background is the kind of family you come from and the kind of education you have had.
She came from a working-class background.
- American English: background
- Arabic: خَلْفِيَّة
- Brazilian Portuguese: procedência
- Chinese: 背景
- Croatian: porijeklo
- Czech: prostředí
- Danish: baggrund
- Dutch: achtergrond decor
- European Spanish: origen
- Finnish: tausta
- French: contexte
- German: Hintergrund
- Greek: υπόβαθρο
- Italian: origine
- Japanese: 背景
- Korean: 배경
- Norwegian: bakgrunn
- Polish: pochodzenie
- European Portuguese: origens
- Romanian: mediu
- Russian: происхождение
- Spanish: trasfondo
- Swedish: bakgrund
- Thai: ภูมิหลัง
- Turkish: arka plan
- Ukrainian: тло
- Vietnamese: bối cảnh
Nearby words of 'background'
Definition of background from the Collins English Dictionary
New collocations added to dictionary
Collocations are words that are often used together and are brilliant at providing natural sounding language for your speech and writing.
Unlock language with the Paul Noble method
No books. No rote memorization. No chance of failure. Your chance to have a one-to-one lesson with best-selling language expert Paul Noble, try a FREE audio sample of his brand new Mandarin Chinese course.
Collins Dictionaries for Schools
Our new online dictionaries for schools provide a safe and appropriate environment for children. And best of all it's ad free, so sign up now and start using at home or in the classroom.
We have almost 200 lists of words from topics as varied as types of butterflies, jackets, currencies, vegetables and knots! Amaze your friends with your new-found knowledge!
13th edition of the Collins Dictionary out now!
Updated with all the very latest new words and senses, this new 13th edition is an unparalleled resource for word lovers, word gamers, and word geeks everywhere. #homeoflivingenglish
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.