sit·​u·​a·​tion | \ ˌsi-chə-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce situation (audio) \

Definition of situation

1a : the way in which something is placed in relation to its surroundings
b : site
c archaic : locality
2 archaic : state of health
3a : position or place of employment : post, job
b : position in life : status
4 : position with respect to conditions and circumstances
5a : 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

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Examples of situation in a Sentence

He's in a bad situation. You may find yourself in a situation where you lose control of the vehicle. How is your financial situation? I'm worried about the current political situation. My parents are retired and in a good situation. I have a situation that I have to deal with at the moment. The house is in a wonderful situation overlooking the valley.
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Focus on the situations, actions and results that underscore your contributions to the organization. Kimberly Thompson, Houston Chronicle, "Career Rescue: Let technical skills shine during the interview process," 7 July 2019 In high-pressure situations, Detroit head coach Dwane Casey was more comfortable with Reggie Bullock, Bruce Brown, Langston Galloway, Luke Kennard and Stanley Johnson as his rotation wings. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors’ Glenn Robinson III out to prove he’s more than just a dunker," 6 July 2019 At the All-Star break last season, the Red Sox scored 45 runs in that exact situation, ranking them in the top five. Julian Mcwilliams,, "Red Sox’ fireworks give Eduardo Rodriguez something to celebrate," 6 July 2019 All of that said, Dion Waiters, of course, will want a say in the situation, as well, as is his wont. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Does Butler’s arrival mean less opportunity for Herro?," 4 July 2019 The devices are increasingly used to address a variety of situations, including resident isolation, dementia care, pain management and staff training, according to a report by Senior Housing News. Kara Carlson, Dallas News, "Why a Dallas VR company thinks its tech can help aging adults unlock memories," 3 July 2019 Hannah's been put in this crummy situation, not of her own volition but by a bachelor lying to her. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Hannah Brown and Her 'Bachelorette' Winner Have Reportedly Broken Up," 2 July 2019 In a married couple's situation, when one spouse dies, the bigger monthly benefit continues, and the smaller benefit stops. Ray Martin, CBS News, "When delaying your Social Security benefits pays off," 1 July 2019 In organized team activities and minicamp, Jackson showed improvement during individual drills but struggled at times in team situations, such as 7-on-7 periods and scrimmages. Mike Preston,, "Preston: Looking ahead to Ravens' top training camp storylines by position," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of situation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of situation

: 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
somewhat formal + old-fashioned : a place or location


sit·​u·​a·​tion | \ ˌsi-chə-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce situation (audio) \

Kids Definition of situation

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.
4 : position or place of employment : job


sit·​u·​a·​tion | \ ˌsich-ə-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce situation (audio) \

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

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