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Definition of "context" []

  • The part of a text or statement that surrounds a particular word or passage and determines its meaning. (noun)
  • The circumstances in which an event occurs; a setting. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "context" in a sentence
  • "Let's put this simple plan in context: is it worth doing?"
  • "If it is not obvious by now, I like to put these verses in context from the King James version …."
  • "They are helpful when it comes to spotting egregious errors, but often fail to spot homophones, as these words are only incorrect in context, and context is something that Word et al do not do well."