What does context mean?

Definitions for context
ˈkɒn tɛkstcon·text

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. context, linguistic context, context of usenoun

    discourse that surrounds a language unit and helps to determine its interpretation

  2. context, circumstance, settingnoun

    the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event

    "the historical context"


  1. contextnoun

    The surroundings, circumstances, environment, background or settings that determine, specify, or clarify the meaning of an event or other occurrence.

    In what context did your attack on him happen? - We had a pretty tense relationship at the time, and when he insulted me I snapped.

  2. contextnoun

    The text in which a word or passage appears and which helps ascertain its meaning.

  3. contextnoun

    The surroundings and environment in which an artifact is found and which may provide important clues about the artifact's function and/or cultural meaning.

  4. contextnoun

    The trama or flesh of a mushroom.

  5. Etymology: From contextus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Contextadjective

    Knit together; firm.

    Etymology: from contex.

    Hollow and thin, for lightness; but withal context and firm, for strength. William Derham, Physico-Theology.

  2. Contextnoun

    The general series of a discourse; the parts of the discourse that precede and follow the sentence quoted.

    Etymology: contextus, Latin.

    That chapter is really a representation of one, which hath only the knowledge, not practice of his duty; as is manifest from the context. Henry Hammond, on Fundamentals.


  1. context

    Context refers to the circumstances, conditions, or setting in which an event, action, or statement occurs or exists. It includes relevant background information, specific details, or elements that influences understanding or interpretation of a situation. In terms of language or communication, context refers to the surrounding text or conversation that helps to explain the meaning of a specific word or phrase. In social, cultural, or historical studies, it refers to the conditions or events that influence or affect a particular occurrence or phenomenon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contextadjective

    knit or woven together; close; firm

  2. Contextnoun

    the part or parts of something written or printed, as of Scripture, which precede or follow a text or quoted sentence, or are so intimately associated with it as to throw light upon its meaning

  3. Contextverb

    to knit or bind together; to unite closely

  4. Etymology: [L. contextus; cf. F. contexte .]


  1. ConTeXt

    ConTeXt is a general-purpose document processor. It is especially suited for structured documents, automated document production, very fine typography, and multi-lingual typesetting. It is based in part on the TeX typesetting system, and uses a document markup language for manuscript preparation. The typographical and automated capabilities of ConTeXt are extensive, including interfaces for handling microtypography, multiple footnotes and footnote classes, and manipulating OpenType fonts and features. Moreover, it offers extensive support for colors, backgrounds, hyperlinks, presentations, figure-text integration, and conditional compilation. It gives the user extensive control over formatting while making it easy to create new layouts and styles without learning the low-level TeX macro language. ConTeXt may be compared and contrasted with LaTeX, but the primary thrust of the two are rather distinct. ConTeXt from the ground up is a typography and typesetting system meant to provide users easy and consistent access to advanced typographical control—important for general-purpose typesetting tasks. The original vision of LaTeX is to insulate the user from typographical decisions—a useful approach for submitting, say, articles for a scientific journal. LaTeX has evolved from that original vision; at the same time, ConTeXt’s unified design avoids the package clashes that can happen with LaTeX.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Context

    kon′tekst, n. the parts of a discourse or treatise which precede and follow a special passage and fix its true meaning.—adj. Context′ualadv. Context′ually.—n. Context′ure, the interweaving of parts into a whole: the structure or system of anything: any interwoven fabric: the composition of a writing.—v.t. (Carlyle) to weave. [L. contextus, contexĕrecon, together, texĕre, textum, to weave.]

Editors Contribution

  1. context

    An intuitive feeling, knowing and understanding of the expression of a language that contributes to the interpretation of the expression.

    When we read a sentence we know intuitively the intent and context of the expression.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 3, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'context' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1172

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'context' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1848

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'context' in Nouns Frequency: #458

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of context in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of context in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of context in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Swain:

    When people talk about this, they're often talking about the acreage burned and actually not only does it not tell the whole story, but it arguably doesn't tell most of what's important about why we care about wildfires in a societal context, just because the acreage burned has been less than in recent years, the impacts of these fires have actually still been really high.

  2. John Grotzinger:

    All that driving we did ... just didn’t get us to Mount Sharp. It gave us the context to appreciate Mount Sharp.

  3. Li Chunlai:

    The subsurface at the CE-4 landing site is much more transparent to radio waves, and this qualitative observation suggests a totally different geological context for the two landing sites.

  4. Superintendent Lt. Gen. Rich Clark:

    The Air Force Academy does not prohibit the use of' mom and dad' or other gender-specific terms, the recent briefing on diversity and inclusion is being taken out of context and misrepresented ; the slide in question was not intended to stand alone.

  5. White House:

    ( House) Speaker( Nancy) Pelosi and White House Democrats are running an unfair, unconstitutional and illegitimate' impeachment' proceeding. The Democrats' sham hearings provide zero due process to The President and are being conducted entirely in secret, except for the out-of-context parts that( White House) Chairman( Adam) Schiff determines should be selectively leaked to the press. The President can not be expected to participate in this illegitimate process.

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    I understand it now.
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