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
Some spirited sniping between two Harvard Law School giants might be funny in some context, were the fate of Western democracy not potentially tottering in the balance.
Her thought seems to be to remain and grown in the context of the NBA game.
Jirasek has an uncommon resumé for a chef, with a lot of his experience occurring in the context of the local art scene.
The anti-dumping mechanism comes in the context of a growing tit-for-tat trade spat/war between the two countries.
The story considered the problem in the context of the gentrification of Red Hook, with the factory standing for the old neighborhood and the beekeepers for the new.
To put it in some historical context, Arizona's 8th is a place where Ronald Reagan won easily in 1984 compared to Walter Mondale winning in Pennsylvania's 18th.
This picture, which was taken for an LG ad, may not seem monumental to the uninitiated, but allow me to give you some context: Since BTS debuted in 2013, at least one member has had blonde or some variation of rainbow hair at all times.
Tesla provided some context about the crash in a Tuesday blog post after the NTSB made its announcement.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of context
CONTEXT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of context for English Language Learners
: the words that are used with a certain word or phrase and that help to explain its meaning
: the situation in which something happens : the group of conditions that exist where and when something happens
CONTEXT Defined for Kids
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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