fore·ground / ˈfôrˌground/ • n. (the foreground) the part of a view that is nearest to the observer, esp. in a picture or photograph: the images show vegetation in the foreground. ∎ the most prominent or important position or situation: whenever books are chosen for children, meaning should always be in the foreground.• v. [tr.] make (something) the most prominent or important feature: sexual relationships are foregrounded and idealized.