[ kuh n-teks-choo-uh-lahyz ]
/ kənˈtɛks tʃu əˌlaɪz /

verb (used with object), con·tex·tu·al·ized, con·tex·tu·al·iz·ing.

to put (a linguistic element, an action, etc.) in a context, especially one that is characteristic or appropriate, as for purposes of study.


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Also especially British, con·tex·tu·al·ise.

Origin of contextualize

First recorded in 1930–35; contextual + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM contextualize

con·tex·tu·al·i·za·tion, nounnon·con·tex·tu·al·ized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for contextualised



/ (kənˈtɛkstjʊəˌlaɪz) /


(tr) to state the social, grammatical, or other context of; put into context
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