Definition of context in English:

context

Syllabification: con·text
Pronunciation: /ˈkänˌtekst
 
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noun

1The circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed: the decision was taken within the context of planned cuts in spending
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  • I think if you can understand your contexts then you have power to use this to help yourself.
  • It takes long to explain our context so you can understand the impact of such thing in our culture.
  • This is down to his determination to place current events in a historical context.
Synonyms
circumstances, conditions, factors, state of affairs, situation, background, scene, settingframe of reference, contextual relationship; text, subject, theme, topic
1.1The parts of something written or spoken that immediately precede and follow a word or passage and clarify its meaning: word processing is affected by the context in which words appear
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  • I like visiting the websites and see the words in their original context and formatting.
  • The conceptualizations associated with a word will tend to vary somewhat according to the contexts in which the word is used.
  • It also results in the legitimate public use of words that in other contexts are regarded as slang.

Origin

late Middle English (denoting the construction of a text): from Latin contextus, from con- 'together' + texere 'to weave'.

Phrases

in context

Considered together with the surrounding words or circumstances: it is difficult now to view these masterpieces in context
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  • Unusual terms and Anglo-Saxon words are explained in context on the first occurrence.
  • While there has been an increase in waiting list numbers, these figures should be viewed in context.
  • It's useful also to put this in context, given the rhetoric that surrounds it.

out of context

Without the surrounding words or circumstances and so not fully understandable: comments that aides have long insisted were taken out of context
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  • He twists words, quotes people out of context and stretches the truth to suit his purpose.
  • The embarrassment was such that Gilchrist found himself explaining that his words had been taken out of context.
  • She says her words were taken out of context, but soon submits her resignation.

Derivatives

contextless

adjective
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  • Logos don't exist on blank pages just like buildings don't exist in contextless environments.
  • A thesaurus gives you a contextless range of somewhat similar meaning words.
  • By then I will have forgotten why I wanted to remember it, because I am tired, so the sudden joyful arrival of a contextless word will confuse me a great deal.

contextual

Pronunciation: /kənˈteksCHo͞oəl/
adjective
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  • The significance of other contextual characteristics of nations and individual differences are separately explored.
  • It's this relationship which I find entirely missing in all these contextual, behavioral, paid search networks.
  • It doesn't give you this kind of contextual, relativist out that you're saying.

contextually

adverb
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  • Multiple observers have criticized international psychosocial humanitarian organizations for also being top-down, noncollaborative, and contextually insensitive.
  • And we'll stipulate that the Journal's description of his writings is contextually accurate, rather than a completely loaded distortion.
  • So much of my spoken stuff is contextually very specific and the reason why the British Council has asked me to perform is to show the kind of things that are going on in the U.K.

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