contextualize

verb
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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Other Words from contextualize

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

Examples of contextualize in a Sentence

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

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To what extent are some of our difficulties figuring out how to conceptualize repentance, as a society, the result of lacking a cohesive, shared vocabulary within which to contextualize what forgiveness and repentance mean? Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "A scholar of forgiveness explains what makes a good public apology for sexual misconduct," 24 Sep. 2018 There’s been a really amazing, kind of organic thing that’s come out of Black Twitter, which is #onhere, to describe just experiences that are happening right now or contextualize the experiences happening on Twitter itself. Peter Kafka, Recode, "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey talked to NYU’s Jay Rosen for an hour, on the record. Read and listen to the full interview here.," 14 Sep. 2018 Maximilian HorsleyArakan TravelHe takes travelers deep into the countryside for market tours, monastery visits, and encounters with hill tribes and with insiders who can contextualize the country’s ongoing internal conflicts. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 So while MoMA’s exhibition does contextualize this concrete architecture, attaching names, places, and specific stories to the gray hulks, whether the summertime audience will care is another story. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Concrete utopia," 12 July 2018 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, BostonGlobe.com, "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, BostonGlobe.com, "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

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First Known Use of contextualize

1934, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for contextualize

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contextualize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of contextualize

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

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