re·​con·​tex·​tu·​al·​ize | \ ˌrē-kən-ˈteks-chə-wə-ˌlīz How to pronounce recontextualize (audio) , -chə-ˌlīz \
recontextualized; recontextualizing; recontextualizes

Definition of recontextualize

transitive verb

: to place (something, such as a literary or artistic work) in a different context

Examples of recontextualize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Text is a very easy medium to chop up and recontextualize — just take a screenshot and tweet it! New York Times, 8 Oct. 2021 But this latest morsel from the Austen family may help recontextualize the novelist's work -- and lend it a new relevancy. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 16 June 2021 The point is to decenter and recontextualize yourself. New York Times, 1 June 2021 The city should complete an audit of monuments on publicly accessible land and develop strategies to recontextualize or remove those that are outdated or fraught, the Civic Memory Working Group recommended in its 166-page report. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2021 Writer Cord Jefferson honored the victims of 1921’s Tulsa Massacre, an act of terror nearly scrubbed from history that Watchmen helped recontextualize into an origin story for this quilt that is America. Darren Franich,, 21 Sep. 2020 Among his suggestions: display the monuments in museums, display them in parks designated for that specific purpose, put them in storage, or recontextualize them. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 12 June 2020 Now, songwriting is an exercise at looking inward, using the past to recontextualize the future. Steven Edelstone,, 26 May 2020 Once again, Stone is trying to recontextualize the primal drives of classic tragedy in the familiar landscape of today. Ben Brantley, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of recontextualize

1954, in the meaning defined above

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“Recontextualize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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