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context (noun) a situation in which something happens; the lines before and after a passage helping us to understand the passage properly.
In the context of World War II means, in the situation of the war. When you view something in a particular context, you consider it in the situation in which it occurs. When you talk, for example, of the intermingling of races in the World War II context, you mean the races mixing with each other, during or as a result of the war. The context of a passage is when and where in a speech or in writing it occurs. The occasion and the speaker of the words decide the context of a passage.
- The speaker referred to the improvement of the living standards all over the world in the context of technological advancement.
- In the context of the present day world, racism is totally out of place, as people now claim themselves to be intellectually more advanced and more humanitarian than the people of the past.