1. The part of a scene or picture that is nearest to and in front of the viewer.
2. See forefront.
tr.v. fore·ground·ed, fore·ground·ing, fore·grounds
To place in the foreground; call attention to: "He is currently at work on a trilogy of pieces ... which foreground the Algerian War" (Eleanor Heartney).
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.