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[kuh n-teks-choo-uh-lahyz] /kənˈtɛks tʃu əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), contextualized, contextualizing.
to put (a linguistic element, an action, etc.) in a context, especially one that is characteristic or appropriate, as for purposes of study.
Also, especially British, contextualise.
Origin of contextualize
First recorded in 1930-35; contextual + -ize
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contextualization, noun
noncontextualized, adjective Unabridged
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  • This approach permits us to conceptualize as well as contextualize the knowledge of nursing the story tells.

    Nursing as Caring Anne Boykin
British Dictionary definitions for contextualize


(transitive) to state the social, grammatical, or other context of; put into context
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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