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contextualize

[kuh n-teks-choo-uh-lahyz]
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verb (used with object), con·tex·tu·al·ized, con·tex·tu·al·iz·ing.
  1. 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
Related formscon·tex·tu·al·i·za·tion, nounnon·con·tex·tu·al·ized, adjective
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  • This approach permits us to conceptualize as well as contextualize the knowledge of nursing the story tells.


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contextualize

contextualise

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