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context

noun [C] uk   /ˈkɒn.tekst/ us    /ˈkɑːn-/

context noun [C] (CAUSE OF EVENT)

B2 the situation within which something exists or happens, and that can help explain it: It is important to see all the fighting and bloodshed in his plays in historical context. This small battle is very important in the context of Scottish history.
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context noun [C] (LANGUAGE)

C1 the text or speech that comes immediately before and after a particular phrase or piece of text and helps to explain its meaning: In this exercise, a word is blanked out and you have to guess what it is by looking at the context.out of context If words are used out of context, only a small separate part of what was originally said or written is reported, which causes their meaning to not be clear or understood: The papers took my remarks completely out of context.
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