sit·u·a·tion | \ˌsi-chə-ˈwā-shən \

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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Turn to men, though, and the situation is reversed. Evan Horowitz,, "Work is getting better, especially for women," 14 July 2018 The server tried to walk away, but the situation turned violent. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "Applebee’s waitress was stabbed after she brushed up against diner’s leg, cops say," 13 July 2018 That's the current situation in Green Township, where a tsunami of sit-down and fast-food restaurants has descended on the community. Mallorie Sullivan,, "3 headlines: Cincinnati makes Kesha cry, Big Red Machine and lots of new food," 13 July 2018 Family and friends of Chu also addressed the judge and the victims, asking for leniency and apologizing for the situation. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "Stanley Chu sentenced to 15-year prison term for fatal 2016 crash in Tempe," 13 July 2018 In response, Mitchell felt compelled to discuss the situation on her Instagram Story and explain why comments like these are so problematic and upsetting. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Model Salem Mitchell Is Sick of Black Women's Hairstyles Being Labeled "Ghetto"," 13 July 2018 Don Samuel, the prominent Atlanta defense attorney McCoy retained to handle the situation, has yet to make any public statements about the incident or the allegations made against the star running back. Rob Tornoe,, "Ex-girlfriend blames LeSean McCoy in 911 tape: 'My face is demolished'," 13 July 2018 The situation looked so alarming that the public health authorities of England and the European Union rushed out urgent bulletins, warning hospitals to look for the arrival of the bug. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "The Strange and Curious Case of the Deadly Superbug Yeast," 13 July 2018 Ehrat resigned in May of this year, after the situation came to light. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Novartis, Michael Cohen contacts were more extensive than previously disclosed," 13 July 2018

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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

: a place or location


sit·u·a·tion | \ˌsi-chə-ˈwā-shən \

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 \

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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