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contextnoun [C]

us   /ˈkɑn·tekst/
  • context noun [C] (RELATED EVENTS)

the influences and events related to a particular event or situation: a historical/literary context He is willing to look for solutions in the context of changes to the health-care system.
  • context noun [C] (SURROUNDING WORDS)

English the text or speech that comes immediately before and after a particular phrase or piece of text and that influence how it is used and what it means
contextual
adjective /kənˈteks·tʃu·əl, kɑn-/
I can't take a word out of it's contextual meaning.
contextualize
verb [T] /kənˈteks·tʃu·əˌlɑɪz, kɑn-/
That information would help me to contextualize my kid’s performance.
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"context" in British English

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contextnoun [C]

uk   /ˈkɒn.tekst/ us   /ˈkɑːn.tekst/
  • 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, with the result that their meaning is not clear or is not understood: The reporter took my remarks completely out of context.
(Definition of context from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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