• (RP) IPA: /ˈkɒntɛkst/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkɑːntɛkst/


  1. 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. (linguistics) The text in which a word or passage appears and which helps ascertain its meaning.
  3. (archaeology) 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. (mycology) The trama or flesh of a mushroom.
  5. (logic) For a formula: a finite set of variables, which set contains all the free variables in the given formula.
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context (contexts, present participle contexting; past and past participle contexted)

  1. (obsolete) To knit or bind together; to unite closely.
    • The whole world's frame, which is contexted only by commerce and contracts.


  1. (obsolete) Knit or woven together; close; firm.
    • 1541?, Robert Copland (translator?), Guydon's Questionary Chirurgical, translation of 1533, Guy de Chauliac, La questionaire des cirugiens at barbiers
      The skynne is composed & context and woven with thredes and vaynes.
    • 1711-12, William Derham, Physico-theology: Or, A Demonstration of the Being and Attributes of God, from His Works of Creation (3rd edition, corrected, 1714, [,+without,+are+context+and+callous.%22&hl=en&newbks=1&newbks_redir=0&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj3tPTtyezlAhXPrVkKHW0RC40Q6AEwA3oECAMQAg#v=onepage&q=%22The%20coats%2C%20without%2C%20are%20context%20and%20callous.%22&f=false page 110])
      the coats, without, are context and callous, firm and strong.

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