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.
- con·text·less, adjective
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How to use context in a sentence
Learning is best when it is built around doing, and when the context is practical, allowing students to try their hand at solving problems even as they’re still learning.Why hasn’t digital learning lived up to its promise? | Walter Thompson | September 17, 2020 | TechCrunch
It’s hard not to look at today’s announcement in the context of the overall challenges that Mozilla is going through.
Unicef now plans to run a series of pilot programs with various partner countries to observe how practical and effective their guidelines are in different contexts.Why kids need special protection from AI’s influence | Karen Hao | September 17, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
The video above also provides the missing context from the clips.Trump’s most popular YouTube ad is a stew of manipulated video | Glenn Kessler, Meg Kelly | September 17, 2020 | Washington Post
Now, the spirit of the Bauhaus has been invoked once more, in the context of Europe’s grand plan to go green.Europe’s leaders want to create a ‘new Bauhaus’ as part of its Green Deal. But what does that even mean? | David Meyer | September 16, 2020 | Fortune
In that context, Sotto Sotto was one of the all-out survivors.The Fiery Death of Sotto Sotto, Toronto’s Celebrity Hotspot | Shinan Govani | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Prevalence depends on context, and sometimes unique advantages outweigh the genetic costs.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family | Helen Thompson | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I recognize my inability to truly understand these events in the same context or view these events through exactly the same prism.
Just wanted to place it in the context of slates needing picture choices that throw off revenue to make the numbers work.Inside Sony’s ‘Pineapple Express 2 Drama’: Leaked Emails Reveal Fight Over Stoner Comedy Sequel | William Boot | December 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Clearly the liberation of Gross took place in the context of what might be called a “grand bargain.”Obama Realizes What 10 Presidents Didn’t: Isolating Cuba Doesn’t Work | Christopher Dickey | December 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She held it while the trooper bent over the strange scrawl, and ran his eyes along it to learn the context.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
If the context makes an otherwise indefinite thing definite, it is sufficient.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
The context in Chaucer does not seem to warrant the interpretation given by Tyrwhit.
I alter pleyneth in l. 2302 to pleyeth, to suit the context more closely.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
The translator could think of no better word, because the context is jocular.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
British Dictionary definitions for context
the parts of a piece of writing, speech, etc, that precede and follow a word or passage and contribute to its full meaning: it is unfair to quote out of context
the conditions and circumstances that are relevant to an event, fact, etc
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