Definition of “context” - English Dictionary

“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 Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“context” in American English

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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:

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)

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