- the part of a scene, landscape, etc. nearest, or represented in perspective as nearest, to the viewer
- the most noticeable or conspicuous position
This woman is in the foreground of the picture.
A person posing in a picture in front of the Tower of London is an example of someone who is in the foreground.
- The part of a scene or picture that is nearest to and in front of the viewer.
- See forefront.
transitive verbfore·ground·ed, fore·ground·ing, fore·grounds
(third-person singular simple present foregrounds, present participle foregrounding, simple past and past participle foregrounded)
- To place in the foreground (physically or metaphorically)
- This party was in the foreground, chiefly in the first period.
- The foreground is filled by the temple and its precincts.
- The notion of God comes thus into the foreground of the system; before all things it is necessary that it should be made clear to reason, that it should be demonstrated to have real existence.
- His reliance upon the knights, or middle-class landowners, who now for the first time appear in the political foreground, is all the more interesting because it is this class who, either as members of parliament or justices of the peace, were to have the effective rule of England in their hands for so many centuries.
- The term "Nature" is put more into the foreground in the Treatise, a point which might be urged as evidence of Bruno's influence - the dialogues, moreover, being specially concerned to establish the unity, infinity and selfcontainedness of Nature 2; but the two opposed Cartesian attributes, thought and extension, and the absolutely infinite substance whose attributes they are - substance constituted by infinite attributes - appear here as in the Ethics.