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.
Recent Examples of context from the Web
Immigration continues to take center stage in debates, but the context of these debates is often short-sighted and incomplete.
For those not very knowledgeable about 1980s basketball, some extra context may be necessary.
But even if voters no longer get to issue a report card on the good senator, perhaps a little context is in order.
In this context, Ryan’s (apparent) solution makes a good deal of sense.
Later that year, the commission decided to keep the statue but promised to provide it with more historical context, especially for the hundreds of school children who visit the Capitol each year.
In other contexts, allowing the government to force organizations to advocate on behalf of people who oppose them would lead to results that most would properly regard as absurd.
Some context there: The convoy was in advance of Sunday’s race, something of a promotional tour to drum up fans.
More context: The unit was implementing a new starter at right tackle Sunday, with Joe Haeg moving to the outside after spending most of the offseason working at guard.
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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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Definition of context for Students
- 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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