de·​con·​tex·​tu·​al·​ize ˌdē-kən-ˈteks-chə-wə-ˌlīz How to pronounce decontextualize (audio)
decontextualized; decontextualizing; decontextualizes

transitive verb

: to remove from a context

Examples of decontextualize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Together, the two men did much to scramble, disassemble and decontextualize the melodic orthodoxies of hard bop. Morgan Enos, Billboard, 26 Mar. 2018 The exhibit also features photos by artist Simone Rosenbauer, whose graphic images decontextualize the Popsicle by placing it against a single-color background, rendering it a universal symbol. Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, 9 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of decontextualize was in 1977

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“Decontextualize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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