When reading you use clues to help you figure out what is happening. Sometimes, you'll find the meaning of a word hidden in the sentence you're reading. Words and phrases that you already understand can act like clues in a puzzle. Using the clues given to you in a sentence to figure out the meaning of a word or phrase is called using context clues. Watch this video about context clues.
Source: Excelsior Online Writing Lab, "https://owl.excelsior.edu/orc/what-to-do-while-reading/vocabulary-strategies/context-clues/
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