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contextnoun [C]

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

the ​influences and ​eventsrelated to a ​particularevent 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.
(Definition of context from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"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 ​helpexplain it: It is ​important to ​see all the ​fighting and ​bloodshed in his ​plays inhistorical context. This ​smallbattle is very ​important in the context ofScottishhistory.

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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 ​explainitsmeaning: 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 ​smallseparatepart of what was ​originally said or written is ​reported, with the ​result that ​theirmeaning is not ​clear or is not ​understood: The ​reporter took my ​remarkscompletely out of context.
(Definition of context from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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