AskDefine | Define context

Dictionary Definition



1 discourse that surrounds a language unit and helps to determine its interpretation [syn: linguistic context, context of use]
2 the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event; "the historical context" [syn: circumstance]

User Contributed Dictionary



From contextus.


  • (UK) /ˈkɒntɛkst/, /"kQntEkst/
  • (US) /ˈkɑːntɛkst/, /"kAntEkst/


  1. the text in which a word or passage appears and which helps ascertain its meaning
  2. the surroundings, circumstances, environment, background or settings which determine, specify, or clarify the meaning of an event
    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.



text in which a word appears
circumstances or settings

Usage notes

Extensive Definition

Context may refer to:
  • ConTeXt, a macro package for the TeX typesetting system
  • ConTEXT, a Windows text editor
  • Context (language use), the relevant constraints of the communicative situation that influence language use, language variation and discourse
  • Context (computing), the virtual environment required to suspend a running software program
  • Context (convention), an annual science fiction, fantasy and horror convention in Columbus, Ohio
  • Archaeological context, an event in time which has been preserved in the archaeological record
Context may also be used for:

See also

context in Czech: Kontext
context in German: Kontext
context in Modern Greek (1453-): Εννοιολογικό πλαίσιο
context in Esperanto: Kunteksto
context in Spanish: Contexto
context in French: Contexte
context in Hungarian: Kontextus
context in Dutch: Context
context in Japanese: コンテクスト
context in Norwegian: Kontekst
context in Polish: Kontekst
context in Portuguese: Contexto
context in Russian: Контекст
context in Simple English: Context
context in Slovak: Kontext
context in Swedish: Kontext

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

alentours, ambiance, ambience, ambit, background, borderlands, circle, circuit, circumambiencies, circumjacencies, circumstances, compass, entourage, environing circumstances, environment, environs, existing conditions, frame of reference, framework, full particulars, gestalt, habitat, ins and outs, milieu, neighborhood, outposts, outskirts, perimeter, periphery, precincts, purlieus, set of conditions, setting, situation, status quo, structure, suburbs, surround, surroundings, total environment, total situation, vicinage, vicinity, whole picture
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