Definition of contextualize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

contextualize

 verb
(British English also -ise)verb
BrE BrE//kənˈtekstʃuəlaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtekstʃuəlaɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they contextualize
BrE BrE//kənˈtekstʃuəlaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtekstʃuəlaɪz//
 
he / she / it contextualizes
BrE BrE//kənˈtekstʃuəlaɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtekstʃuəlaɪzɪz//
 
past simple contextualized
BrE BrE//kənˈtekstʃuəlaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtekstʃuəlaɪzd//
 
past participle contextualized
BrE BrE//kənˈtekstʃuəlaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtekstʃuəlaɪzd//
 
-ing form contextualizing
BrE BrE//kənˈtekstʃuəlaɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtekstʃuəlaɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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contextualize something (formal) to consider something in relation to the situation in which it happens or exists As important as the photograph is a caption to contextualize the image.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: contextualize