Definition of context
contextlessplay \ˈkän-ˌtekst-ləs\ adjective
contextualplay \kän-ˈteks-chə-wəl, kən-, -chəl, -chü-əl\ adjective
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
For context, Medicaid expansion under Obamacare provided insurance to as many as 14 million more people.
Maybe some of this is easier to see now, after Hunt fired general manager John Dorsey in a move that shocked the football world and is seen as unprecedented in its timing and context.
Disregarding a person’s gender identity and misgendering them in any context adds insult to injury, especially when there is loss of life, compounding the tragedy by invalidating the authentic identity of the person who died.
But the quote Anonymous uses to argue that NASA has secretly made contact with alien life is completely different when taken in its proper context.
The movie is coming out in a very different context than it was made.
The context of the conversation was the current political environment and administration; not, the untimely death of Beau Biden.
The national honor, awarded every two years to philanthropists who have had significant impact, puts the Lenfests in a national context –
Others argue it’s important to find a way to provide cost-effective primary care within the health insurance context, not outside it.
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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.
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
1 : the words that are used with a certain word in writing or speaking Without the context, I don't know what he meant by the word “odd.”
2 : the situation in which something happens The book considers her actions in their historical context.
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