in the background - definition and synonyms

  1. 1
    behind the main person or thing you are looking at
  2. 2
    a sound in the background can be heard in addition to the main thing you are listening to

    I could hear a TV in the background.

  3. 3
    in a place or situation in which people do not notice you

    Jo does the publicity work, while Ed stays very much in the background.

See also main entry: background