contextualize

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. contextomy,
  2. contextual,
  3. contextual definition,
  4. contextualise,
  5. contextualism,
  6. contexture,
  7. contg.,
  8. conti,
  9. contiguity,
  10. contiguous

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

Origin of contextualize

First recorded in 1930–35; contextual + -ize

Related formscon·tex·tu·al·i·za·tion, nounnon·con·tex·tu·al·ized, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for contextualize

contextualize

contextualise

/ (kənˈtɛkstjʊəˌlaɪz) /

verb

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