Context vs Audience - What's the difference?

context | audience |

As nouns the difference between context and audience

is that context is the surroundings, circumstances, environment, background or settings that determine, specify, or clarify the meaning of an event or other occurrence while audience is audience.

As a verb context

is (obsolete) to knit or bind together; to unite closely.

As an adjective context

is (obsolete) knit or woven together; close; firm.




(en noun)
  • 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.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=September 7 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Moldova 0-5 England , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=The display and result must be placed in the context that was it was against a side that looked every bit their Fifa world ranking of 141 - but England completed the job with efficiency to record their biggest away win in 19 years.}}
  • (senseid) (linguistics) The text in which a word or passage appears and which helps ascertain its meaning.
  • (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.
  • (mycology) The trama or flesh of a mushroom.
  • Antonyms


    Derived terms

    () * context-dependent * context-free * context-sensitive * in context, compare in isolation * keyword in context, KWIC * keyword out of context, KWOC * out of context * take out of context


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


    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) Knit or woven together; close; firm.
  • * Derham
  • The coats, without, are context and callous.




    (en noun)
  • * 1526 , William Tyndale, trans. Bible , Luke VII:
  • When he had ended all his sayinges in the audience of the people, he entred into Capernaum.
  • A group of people within hearing; specifically a group of people listening to a performance, speech etc.; the crowd seeing a stage performance.
  • * , chapter=3
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=One saint's day in mid-term a certain newly appointed suffragan-bishop came to the school chapel, and there preached on “The Inner Life.”  He at once secured attention by his informal method, and when presently the coughing of Jarvis […] interrupted the sermon, he altogether captivated his audience with a remark about cough lozenges being cheap and easily procurable.}}
    We joined the audience just as the lights went down.
  • A formal meeting with a state or religious dignitary.
  • The readership of a book or other written publication.
  • A following.
  • Usage notes

    * In some dialects, audience is used as a plurale tantum. *: The audience are getting restless.


    * * (group of people seeing a performance) spectators, crowd

    Derived terms

    () * intended audience * target audience