Understand the Meaning of Words and Phrases
Use Context Clues to Determine the Meaning of a Word
Using the “context” means finding clues that authors leave elsewhere in the sentence or passage to help readers determine meaning.
“I had the run of their library”
uses a familiar word in a context that is not so familiar. When you read the sentence, the phrase of their library is a clue that helps you choose the proper definition, “unrestricted freedom or use of.”
Besides actual clue words, context hints can also come from punctuation marks like commas or dashes.
“The run of the leather, the direction of the grain, allows a buyer to tell how many pieces of leather were used.”
The two commas actually enclose the definition of run used in the sentence.