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foreground

noun
     
fore‧ground
1

the foreground

the part of the view in a picture or a photograph that is closest to you when you are looking at it [≠ background]:
There were three figures in the foreground.
2

be in the foreground

to be regarded as important and receive a lot of attention:
Education has been very much in the foreground recently.

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