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

Definition of decontextualize

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, "Buell Neidlinger Dies at 83: Bassist Was the Man Behind the Curtain of These 5 Essential Songs," 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, "This New Exhibition Will Satisfy Your Summer Sweet Tooth," 9 July 2017

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First Known Use of decontextualize

1977, in the meaning defined above

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“Decontextualize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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