- the parts of a written or spoken statement that precede or follow a specific word or passage, usually influencing its meaning or effect: You have misinterpreted my remark because you took it out of context.
- the set of circumstances or facts that surround a particular event, situation, etc.
- Mycology. the fleshy fibrous body of the pileus in mushrooms.
Origin of context
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2. background, milieu, climate.
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- the parts of a piece of writing, speech, etc, that precede and follow a word or passage and contribute to its full meaningit is unfair to quote out of context
- the conditions and circumstances that are relevant to an event, fact, etc
C15: from Latin contextus a putting together, from contexere to interweave, from com- together + texere to weave, braid
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