con·​tex·​tu·​al·​ize kən-ˈteks-chə-wə-ˌlīz How to pronounce contextualize (audio)
contextualized; contextualizing

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.
contextualization noun

Example Sentences

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


contextual + -ize

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of contextualize was in 1934

Dictionary Entries Near contextualize

Cite this Entry

“Contextualize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

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