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Definition of context noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the situation in which something happens and that helps you to understand it This speech needs to be set in the context of the U.S. in the 1960s. His decision can only be understood in context. Such databases are being used in a wide range of contexts.
  2. 2the words that come just before and after a word, phrase, or statement, and help you to understand its meaning You should be able to guess the meaning of the word from the context. This quotation has been taken out of context (= repeated without giving the circumstances in which it was said).
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: context

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