- An example of context is the words that surround the word "read" that help the reader determine the tense of the word.
- An example of context is the history surrounding the story of Shakespeare's King Henry IV.
- the parts of a sentence, paragraph, discourse, etc. immediately next to or surrounding a specified word or passage and determining its exact meaning: to quote a remark out of context
- the whole situation, background, or environment relevant to a particular event, personality, creation, etc.
Origin of contextMiddle English ; from Classical Latin contextus, a joining together, origin, originally , past participle of contexere, to weave together ; from com-, together + texere, to weave: see technic
- The part of a text or statement that surrounds a particular word or passage and determines its meaning.
- The circumstances in which an event occurs; a setting.
Origin of contextMiddle English, composition, from Latin contextus, from past participle of contexere, to join together : com-, com- + texere, to weave; see teks- in Indo-European roots.
- The surroundings, circumstances, environment, background or settings that determine, specify, or clarify the meaning of an event or other occurrence.
- In what context did your attack on him happen? - We had a pretty tense relationship at the time, and when he insulted me I snapped.
- (linguistics) The text in which a word or passage appears and which helps ascertain its meaning.
- (archaeology) The surroundings and environment in which an artifact is found and which may provide important clues about the artifact's function and/or cultural meaning.
- (mycology) The trama or flesh of a mushroom.
(third-person singular simple present contexts, present participle contexting, simple past and past participle contexted)
(comparative more context, superlative most context)
- (obsolete) Knit or woven together; close; firm.
From Latin contextus.