Definition of context in English:

context

noun

  • 1The circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood:

    ‘the proposals need to be considered in the context of new European directives’
    • ‘To explain the ideas of Nazism without this is to examine ideas outside their social context.’
    • ‘Social visiting within such contexts is very common and occurs on both an everyday basis and for special events.’
    • ‘Are we defined by the work we do, or do we define ourselves within the context of what we do?’
    • ‘We are going to be able, within a European context, to be in a more positive position.’
    • ‘Yet the contexts within which engagement and idea sharing are invited obviously do not have wide appeal.’
    • ‘Western managers often have difficulties making new decisions within new environmental contexts.’
    • ‘It was the context within which this was happening that drew me in this time because it seemed to be talking to me.’
    • ‘This will change many times before November, but it is all taking place within a context.’
    • ‘It is in our interests to know and understand the contexts in which such values have been shaped.’
    • ‘For new readers this can be an advantage, but they become disadvantages in contexts of closer study.’
    • ‘He analyses events in their context, a very worthy practice for any historian to follow.’
    • ‘He is also smart enough to understand the context of his personal achievements.’
    • ‘This is down to his determination to place current events in a historical context.’
    • ‘I had never really attached the plays fully to the social context they came from.’
    • ‘It takes long to explain our context so you can understand the impact of such thing in our culture.’
    • ‘So in the context of this background, it was perfectly reasonable for Sean to say what he did.’
    • ‘What it does do is examine the situation it has created within the context it has laid out.’
    • ‘Here, military history becomes an aspect of war is best studied in terms of the political contexts that give it meaning.’
    • ‘It is far from clear to me that information and computation are meaningful terms outside of such contexts.’
    • ‘I think if you can understand your contexts then you have power to use this to help yourself.’
    circumstances, conditions, surroundings, factors, state of affairs
    frame of reference, contextual relationship
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    1. 1.1 The parts of something written or spoken that immediately precede and follow a word or passage and clarify its meaning:
      ‘skilled readers use context to construct meaning from words as they are read’
      • ‘I like visiting the websites and see the words in their original context and formatting.’
      • ‘Surely we can imagine other meanings and contexts for these words.’
      • ‘Wordsworth likes to take words from a context that is dreadful and render them benign.’
      • ‘It was written in a commercial context and it falls to be objectively construed.’
      • ‘They are each asked to spell one word to which they may ask the country of origin and what context the word may be used.’
      • ‘The only relevant inquiry is as to the sense of the words in the context in which they are used.’
      • ‘We must understand the meanings of the words in their contexts.’
      • ‘It also results in the legitimate public use of words that in other contexts are regarded as slang.’
      • ‘At the end the utterance may be reduced to single words alluding to contexts they once occurred in.’
      • ‘Put another way, he chooses his words carefully, and he chooses the contexts in which they will have most impact.’
      • ‘In these contexts it's not so much a word struggling to express the inexpressible as a word used to sound good and to avoid real thinking.’
      • ‘Each word in the context signifies the opposite of what it was once meant to.’
      • ‘I will exhibit the evidence for personal contexts and then say a word about impersonal ones.’
      • ‘Numerous grammatical items can only be understood if the context is taken into account.’
      • ‘Are there some contexts in which that word has a narrower meaning than a reference to a liability to make good any loss?’
      • ‘Action is revealed in talk and as such talk must be analysed in terms of its context.’
      • ‘The problem is to decide what this means in the context in which the words are used.’
      • ‘It's clear to me that he has either not read the piece properly, or not understood its context.’
      • ‘What saddens me so much is that very little is being written in the context of the debate.’
      • ‘The conceptualizations associated with a word will tend to vary somewhat according to the contexts in which the word is used.’
      structure, framework
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Origin

Late Middle English (denoting the construction of a text): from Latin contextus, from con- together + texere to weave.

Pronunciation:

context

/ˈkɒntɛkst/