fore-ground

foreground

[fawr-ground, fohr-]
noun
1.
the ground or parts situated, or represented as situated, in the front; the portion of a scene nearest to the viewer (opposed to background ).
2.
a prominent or important position; forefront.

Origin:
1685–95; fore- + ground1

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foreground (ˈfɔːˌɡraʊnd)
 
n
1.  the part of a scene situated towards the front or nearest to the viewer
2.  the area of space in a perspective picture, depicted as nearest the viewer
3.  a conspicuous or active position
 
vb
4.  (tr) to emphasize (an issue, idea, or word)

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foreground
1695, from fore + ground. First used in Eng. by Dryden, originally in painting (cf. Du. voorgrond).
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