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.
Examples of context in a Sentence
… it was Dickens who first used the word 'detective' in a literary context …— John Mullan, How Novels Work, 2006Entrepreneurship 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.
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Rogayeh Tabrizi, Forbes, 4 May 2022 In the context of Trump's record, is there anything surprising in Esper's recollections?
Michael D'antonio, CNN, 3 May 2022 Today, throughout Mexico, as well as in much of the rest of the continent, she is primarily known as La Malinche, the Malinche — the article conveying her singular status in the context of Mexican history.
Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 That matters because, in the context of the American constitutional system, the people made the authoritative decision to separate ordinary from constitutional politics by including the Article V amendment process in the Constitution.
J. Joel Alicea, National Review, 3 May 2022 Moreover, the index got a boost in April from a slowdown in supplier deliveries, which is usually a positive sign for manufacturing, but in the context of ongoing supply-chain issues counts a negative.
Justin Lahart, WSJ, 2 May 2022 In only one period in our history has a president used the Insurrection Act in the context of elections.
Maya Wiley, The New Republic, 2 May 2022 Love often begins at funerals, of course, since those events (like this play) put everything in context of mortality.
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, 1 May 2022 But in the context of this Biennale’s driving emphasis on magic and the occult, his show reminds us uncomfortably of his infatuation with alchemy, the fantasy of turning base metals into gold or historical debacles into spiritual rebirth.
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