Examples of context in a Sentence
- … it was Dickens who first used the word 'detective' in a literary context … —John Mullan, How Novels Work, 2006
- Entrepreneurship and civil freedoms depend on a context of civil order, predictability, and individual security. —Susan L. Woodward, Balkan Tragedy, 1995
- … the old building, its original acre, inside its high outer wall, was immune to change, out of context and out of time. —Harriet Doerr, The Tiger in the Grass, 1995
We need to look at the event within the larger context of world history.
The book puts these events in their proper historical and social contexts.
We need to consider these events in context.
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The Evangelist takes us all the way back, all the way back, to the beginning to put this evening's celebration in the right context.
The Evangelist takes us all the way back, all the way back, to the beginning to put this evening’s celebration in the right context.
American businesses, by contrast, were well used to operating in continent-spanning contexts.
In 2002, almost a decade after that expansive commercial success was seeded, Gray added another entry to the Mars/Venus empire: a book that explored the ways men and women interact with each other within professional contexts.
But controversy struck again just before the restaurant was ready to reopen when a Metro Times article laid out a case against the restaurant’s name (an alternate spelling of a transgender person in Thai, which can be pejorative in some contexts).
This is much like being in somebody’s home—there are photographs of Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn on the walls, bejewelled mirrors and plants scattered around—and the intimacy is a befitting context for Robinson’s treatments.
Robbed of that necessary context, the red carpet would simply look like a lot of glamorous people in some very expensive, albeit macabre, gowns.
Absent, of course, was any context for these numbers—whether Sessions was talking about arrests or reports was unclear, for example.
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context, in Context
In its earliest uses (documented in the 15th century), context meant "the weaving together of words in language." This sense, now obsolete, developed logically from the word's source in Latin, contexere "to weave or join together." Context now most commonly refers to the environment or setting in which something (whether words or events) exists. When we say that something is contextualized, we mean that it is placed in an appropriate setting, one in which it may be properly considered.
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- Without the context, I don't know what he meant by the word “odd.”
- The book considers her actions in their historical context.
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