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Different Context Clues and Their Usages

Grade 5
Aug 7, 2023
  • The best strategy to expand your vocabulary is to study a word’s definition by seeing it used in a phrase or paragraph.
  • Context clues may aid a reader in understanding the definitions of new or obscure terminology.
  • They can be found inside a sentence, paragraph, or passage.
  • They can help us decipher the meanings of new words we come across.
  • When we don’t have a dictionary or cannot ask someone the definition of a word, we rely on context clues.
  • Contextual cues come in at least four different varieties.
  • Finding the meaning involves only a few easy actions:
  • Read the sentence thoroughly.
  • Look for hints in the context.
  • Make an effort to deduce the word’s meaning from the context.
  • Determine the meaning.
  • Check if the meaning you discovered fits the rest of the sentence.


  • A writer will employ multiple words that have the same meaning.
  • In the same or the next sentence, a complicated term could be followed by a repetition using a more specific word.
  • Felipe is an example of a miser. He has always been a Scrooge.


  • The meaning of a Vague phrase may be revealed by a word or term in the text that has its opposite.
  • Stella, for instance, has always worn garish clothing. She’s never worn a color I’d describe as dull.
  • The sentence itself or the sentence that follows it defines an unclear word.

Example: On Friday, we went to the arboretum, a garden where trees and other flora are shown.


  • One or more examples are given in the text to clarify the concept.
  • The kids got to see a variety of crustaceans, like crabs, lobsters, and shrimp.
  • Additionally, there are instances where a common prefix, suffix, or root will allude to at least a portion of the meaning of a term.
  • The most frequent type of context clue is a general sense context clue, which enables the reader to deduce a word’s meaning from whatever information is provided.
Context Clues


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