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Main Entry: back·ground
Pronunciation: primarystressbak-secondarystressgraudotnd
Function: noun
1 : the scenery or ground that is behind a main figure or object (as in a painting)
2 : a position that attracts little attention <always tries to keep in the background>
3 a : the setting within which something takes place b : the events leading up to a situation c : information needed to understand a problem or situation d : the total of a person's experience, knowledge, and education
4 a : a somewhat steady level of radiation in the natural environment (as from cosmic rays or radio activity) b : undesired sound that is heard in a system (as in radio or a tape recording) that produces sound from other sources

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