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Definition of context noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



/ˈkɑntɛkst/ context pronunciation American
[countable, uncountable]
1 the situation in which something happens and that helps you to understand itThis speech needs to be set in the context of the U.S. in the 1960s.His decision can only be understood in context.Such databases are being used in a wide range of contexts.2 the words that come just before and after a word, phrase, or statement, and help you to understand its meaningYou should be able to guess the meaning of the word from the context.This quotation has been taken out of context (= repeated without giving the circumstances in which it was said).