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noun [countable/uncountable] context pronunciation in American English /ˈkɑnˌtekst/
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  1. 1
    the general situation in which something happens, which helps to explain it

    These events are meaningless outside their historical context.

    in context:

    The decline in the stock market, though dramatic, has to be seen in context.

    in the context of something:

    In the context of Russian history, recent events are not so surprising.

  2. 2
    the words surrounding a particular word that help to give it its meaning

    In this context, “developmentmeans economic growth.


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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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