Synonyms for (noun) background

Synonyms: backcloth, backdrop, background

Definition: scenery hung at back of stage

Similar words: scene, scenery

Definition: the painted structures of a stage set that are intended to suggest a particular locale

Usage: they worked all night painting the scenery


Synonyms: background, desktop, screen background

Definition: (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear

Similar words: screen, CRT screen

Definition: the display that is electronically created on the surface of the large end of a cathode-ray tube


Synonyms: background

Definition: a person's social heritage: previous experience or training

Usage: he is a lawyer with a sports background

Similar words: heritage, inheritance

Definition: any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors

Usage: my only inheritance was my mother's blessing; the world's heritage of knowledge


Synonyms: background, background knowledge

Definition: information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem

Usage: the embassy filled him in on the background of the incident

Similar words: information

Definition: knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction


Synonyms: background, ground

Definition: the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground

Usage: he posed her against a background of rolling hills

Similar words: scene, panorama, view, vista, prospect, aspect

Definition: the visual percept of a region

Usage: the most desirable feature of the park are the beautiful views


Synonyms: background

Definition: relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation

Usage: when the rain came he could hear the sound of thunder in the background

Similar words: concomitant, accompaniment, attendant, co-occurrence

Definition: an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another


Synonyms: background, background signal

Definition: extraneous signals that can be confused with the phenomenon to be observed or measured

Usage: they got a bad connection and could hardly hear one another over the background signals

Similar words: interference, disturbance, noise

Definition: electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication


Synonyms: setting, scope, background

Definition: the state of the environment in which a situation exists

Usage: you can't do that in a university setting

Similar words: environment

Definition: the totality of surrounding conditions

Usage: he longed for the comfortable environment of his living room

Synonyms for (verb) background

Synonyms: downplay, play down, background

Definition: understate the importance or quality of

Usage: he played down his royal ancestry

Similar words: punctuate, accent, accentuate, stress, emphasise, emphasize

Definition: to stress, single out as important

Usage: Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet