When you're watching a movie, you can describe what's happening up close to the camera as being in the foreground.

The foreground is the opposite of the background, which is the part of a photograph, painting, or scene that's farthest away from you. Some photographers tend to focus sharply on the foreground while letting the rest of the picture go blurry. The noun foreground was first used specifically for talking about painting, and it came from fore, "before" or "in front," and ground, or "foundation."

Definitions of foreground

n the part of a scene that is near the viewer

Type of:
aspect, panorama, prospect, scene, view, vista
the visual percept of a region

n (computer science) a window for an active application

Type of:
(computer science) a rectangular part of a computer screen that contains a display different from the rest of the screen

v move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent

highlight, play up, spotlight
background, downplay, play down
understate the importance or quality of
Type of:
bring out, set off
direct attention to, as if by means of contrast

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