Definition of context noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɒntekst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːntekst//
    [countable, uncountable]
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  1. 1  the situation in which something happens and that helps you to understand it This speech needs to be set in the context of Britain in the 1960s. His decision can only be understood in context. Such databases are being used in a wide range of contexts.
  2. 2  the 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 referring to the rest of the text).
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (denoting the construction of a text): from Latin contextus, from con- ‘together’ + texere ‘to weave’.Extra examples Children need meaningful contexts for their work in science. Her reply was quoted out of context and seemed to mean something quite different from what she had intended. His decision can only be understood in context. How can teachers create the right context for kids? Institutions provide a context in which individuals can take on different roles. It is natural to find conflict in the work environment, in the family, or any other human context. Similar problems have arisen in other contexts. These actions only have meaning within certain specific contexts. You can’t just look at it in terms of the immediate problem. You’ve got to see it in a wider context. You have to look at these remarks within the context of the recent scandals. You have to see the problem in a wider context. a neutral context for sharing and debating ideas to present examples of language in use in an appropriate context
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