Context meaning

kŏntĕkst
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The part of a text or statement that surrounds a particular word or passage and determines its meaning.
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The circumstances in which an event occurs; a setting.
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The whole situation, background, or environment relevant to a particular event, personality, creation, etc.
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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.

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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.

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​ (linguistics) The text in which a word or passage appears and which helps ascertain its meaning.
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The definition of context is the words that surround other words and impact their meaning or the setting in which something occurs.

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.

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(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.
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(obsolete) Knit or woven together; close; firm.
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The current status, condition or mode of a system. See context aware and context sensitive help.
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(obsolete) To knit or bind together; to unite closely.

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(mycology) The trama or flesh of a mushroom.
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Origin of context

  • Middle English composition from Latin contextus from past participle of contexere to join together com- com- texere to weave teks- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin contextus.

    From Wiktionary