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CONTEXT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does context mean? 

CONTEXT (noun)
  The noun CONTEXT has 2 senses:

1. discourse that surrounds a language unit and helps to determine its interpretation
2. the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event

  Familiarity information: CONTEXT used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONTEXT (noun)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

context; context of use; linguistic context

Hypernyms ("context" is a kind of...):

discourse (extended verbal expression in speech or writing)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

circumstance; context

Context example:

the historical context

Hypernyms ("context" is a kind of...):

environment (the totality of surrounding conditions)


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