con·tex·tu·al·ize | \kən-ˈteks-chə-wə-ˌlīz, -chə-ˌlīz, -chü-ə-\
contextualized; contextualizing

Definition of contextualize 

transitive verb

: to place (something, such as a word or activity) in a context When the rebellion is historically contextualized, it becomes clear that there were many factors that contributed to it.

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contextualization \kən-ˌteks-ch(ə-w)ə-lə-ˈzā-shən, -chü-ə-lə- \ noun

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When the rebellion is historically contextualized, it becomes clear that there were many factors contributing to it.

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Sketches, photographs and fabric samples contextualize the garments and patterns, and x-rays, toiles and film are used to reveal details in their construction and making. Necee Regis,, "Here, there, and everywhere," 29 May 2018 There’s news satire, which applies to how programs like The Daily Show use humor to contextualize and mock real-world events. Jackie Mansky, Smithsonian, "The Age-Old Problem of “Fake News”," 7 May 2018 The exhibition’s wall text makes an effort to contextualize women and their relative power in the 18th century, but Casanova’s narrative, and the gaze of artists of the day, almost all men, frame the show. Cate Mcquaid,, "MFA’s ‘Casanova’ a voluptuous look at a notorious voluptuary," 6 July 2018 There was no more fitting team to dispatch Mexico from this World Cup than Brazil because Brazil is the country better than any that helps contextualize El Tri’s standing in the international soccer ether. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Mexico’s World Cup Ends in Round of 16," 2 July 2018 Even if museums contextualize them in more complicated ways, their very monumentality might spark an even fiercer form of physical intimidation when squeezed into the small space of a standard museum building. Smithsonian, "Are Museums the Right Home for Confederate Monuments?," 7 May 2018 For a deeper dive, here are a few pieces that smartly contextualize Abrams’ victory, as well as what’s at stake in the fall. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "Stacey Abrams’ Historic Win in Georgia: A Reading List," 25 May 2018 Cuchna, a music obsessive who began the podcast to give rap the type of analytical treatment most often reserved for classical music, endeavors not to taxonomize Ocean’s discography but rather to contextualize it. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Is It Futile to 'Dissect' Frank Ocean's Work?," 17 May 2018 In displaying statues, museums will need to be prepared to contextualize them visually and dramatically, to represent the layers of their history—from the story of their creation to the story of them being taken down and collected. Smithsonian, "Are Museums the Right Home for Confederate Monuments?," 7 May 2018

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1934, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of contextualize

: to think about or provide information about the situation in which something happens

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