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noun [countable/uncountable] context pronunciation in British English /ˈkɒntekst/
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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, ‘development’ means economic growth.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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