Dictionary

situation

noun sit·u·a·tion \ˌsi-chə-ˈwā-shən\

: all of the facts, conditions, and events that affect someone or something at a particular time and in a particular place

: an important or sudden problem

: a place or location

Full Definition of SITUATION

1
a :  the way in which something is placed in relation to its surroundings
b :  site
c archaic :  locality
2
archaic :  state of health
3
a :  position or place of employment :  post, job
b :  position in life :  status
4
:  position with respect to conditions and circumstances
5
a :  relative position or combination of circumstances at a certain moment
b :  a critical, trying, or unusual state of affairs :  problem
c :  a particular or striking complex of affairs at a stage in the action of a narrative or drama

Examples of SITUATION

  1. He's in a bad situation.
  2. You may find yourself in a situation where you lose control of the vehicle.
  3. How is your financial situation?
  4. I'm worried about the current political situation.
  5. My parents are retired and in a good situation.
  6. I have a situation that I have to deal with at the moment.
  7. The house is in a wonderful situation overlooking the valley.

First Known Use of SITUATION

15th century

Rhymes with SITUATION

abdication, aberration, abjuration, abnegation, abrogation, acceptation, acclamation, accusation, activation, adaptation, adjuration, admiration, adoration, adulation, adumbration, affectation, affirmation, aggravation, aggregation, agitation, allegation, allocation, amputation, alteration, altercation, animation, annexation, annotation, appellation, application, approbation, arbitration, arrogation, aspiration, assignation, attestation, augmentation, automation, aviation, avocation, blaxploitation, botheration, calculation, calibration, cancellation, carbonation, castigation, celebration, cerebration, chlorination, circulation, cogitation, collocation, coloration, combination, comfort station, commendation, commutation, compensation, complication, computation, concentration, condemnation, condensation, confirmation, confiscation, conflagration, conformation, confrontation, congregation, conjugation, connotation, consecration, conservation, consolation, constellation, consternation, constipation, consultation, consummation, contemplation, conurbation, conversation, convocation, copulation, coronation, corporation, correlation, corrugation, crenellation, crop rotation, culmination, cultivation, cumulation, cybernation, decimation, declamation, declaration, declination, decoration, dedication, defamation, defecation, deformation, degradation, dehydration, delectation, delegation, demarcation, demonstration, denigration, denotation, depilation, deportation, depravation, depredation, deputation, derivation, derogation, desecration, designation, desolation, desperation, destination, detestation, detonation, devastation, deviation, dislocation, dispensation, disputation, dissertation, dissipation, distillation, divination, domination, education, elevation, elongation, emanation, embarkation, embrocation, emendation, emigration, emulation, enervation, escalation, estimation, evocation, exaltation, excavation, excitation, exclamation, exculpation, execration, exhalation, exhortation, exhumation, expectation, expiation, expiration, explanation, explication, exploitation, exploration, exportation, expurgation, extirpation, exultation, fabrication, fascination, federation, fenestration, fermentation, fibrillation, figuration, filling station, fire station, flagellation, fluoridation, fluctuation, forestation, formulation, fornication, fragmentation, fulmination, fumigation, gene mutation, generation, germination, glaciation, graduation, granulation, gravitation, habitation, hesitation, hibernation, hyphenation, ideation, imitation, immigration, immolation, implantation, implication, importation, imprecation, imputation, incantation, incarnation, inclination, incrustation, incubation, indentation, indication, indignation, infestation, infiltration, inflammation, information, inhalation, innovation, inspiration, installation, instigation, insulation, integration, intimation, intonation, inundation, invitation, invocation, irrigation, irritation, iteration, jubilation, laceration, lamentation, lamination, legislation, levitation, liberation, limitation, lineation, liquidation, litigation, lubrication, lucubration, maceration, machination, malformation, masturbation, maturation, mediation, medication, meditation, melioration, menstruation, ministration, mitigation, moderation, modulation, molestation, motivation, mutilation, navigation, nomination, obfuscation, objurgation, obligation, observation, occupation, operation, orchestration, ordination, oscillation, osculation, ostentation, ovulation, oxidation, pagination, palpitation, penetration, percolation, perforation, permeation, permutation, perpetration, perspiration, perturbation, pigmentation, pixilation, police station, pollination, population, postulation, power station, predication, preparation, presentation, preservation, proclamation, procreation, profanation, prolongation, promulgation, propagation, prorogation, protestation, provocation, publication, punctuation, radiation, recantation, recitation, reclamation, re-creation, recreation, reformation, refutation, registration, regulation, rehydration, relaxation, relocation, renovation, reparation, replication, reprobation, reputation, reservation, resignation, respiration, restoration, retardation, revelation, revocation, ruination, rumination, rustication, salutation, sanitation, saturation, segmentation, segregation, separation, sequestration, service station, sexploitation, simulation, speciation, speculation, spoliation, stimulation, stipulation, strangulation, structuration, stylization, subjugation, sublimation, suffocation, syncopation, syndication, tabulation, termination, T formation, titillation, toleration, transfer station, transformation, translocation, transmigration, transmutation, transpiration, transplantation, transportation, trepidation, tribulation, ulceration, ululation, undulation, urination, vaccination, vacillation, validation, valuation, variation, vegetation, veneration, ventilation, vindication, violation, visitation, weather station
SITUATION Defined for Kids

situation

noun sit·u·a·tion \ˌsi-chə-ˈwā-shən\

Definition of SITUATION for Kids

1
:  the combination of surrounding conditions <The situation at school is better than it was.>
2
:  a state of affairs that is urgent or difficult <We have a situation to deal with.>
3
:  1place 5
4
:  position or place of employment :  job
Medical Dictionary

situation

noun sit·u·a·tion \ˌsich-ə-ˈwā-shən\

Medical Definition of SITUATION

1
:  the way in which something is placed in relation to its surroundings
2
:  the total set of physical, social, and psychocultural factors that act upon an individual in orienting and conditioning his or her behavior
3
:  relative position or combination of circumstances at a particular moment

Browse

5 ENTRIES FOUND:
Next Word in the Dictionary: situationalPrevious Word in the Dictionary: situatedAll Words Near: situation
June 30, 2015
disinformation Hear it
false information deliberately spread
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears