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English definition of “context”

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.Linking and relatingRegarding and concerningRegarding and concerningLinking and relating

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.Linguistic terms and linguistic style 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.Linguistic terms and linguistic style
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