Definition of situation
2 archaic : state of health
4 : position with respect to conditions and circumstances
5a : relative position or combination of circumstances at a certain momentb : a critical, trying, or unusual state of affairs : problemc : a particular or striking complex of affairs at a stage in the action of a narrative or drama
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.
Recent Examples of situation from the Web
Other possible bidders included JM Smucker, Campbell Soup, Pinnacle Foods and Ajinomoto, people familiar with the situation said at the time.
The incident in the prison yard is among the largest in Iowa since a 1981 riot that lasted 11 hours, involved at least 100 inmates, led to a hostage situation and left one inmate dead.
While the situation remains tense along their border, India will actively engage with China and other member nations in the talks.
Key testimony on Tuesday came from the girlfriend, Brittani Decker, who took the witness stand to describe the living situation between the three in the home near the Kane-DeKalb county borders.
One situation involves a level of chronic stress that is inflicted on you against your will and which really could harm you in the long run; the other doesn’t.
Former Heat center Willie Reed has agreed to join the Los Angeles Clippers next season, according to a source close to the situation.
Such conversations are perfectly normal for these highly scrutinized summits, but even informal conversations are often read-out to the press, in part to avoid the disclosure situation the Trump Administration now finds itself in.
The situation quickly devolved, with the human-resources executives allegedly not taking her claims seriously.
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First Known Use of situation
SITUATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of situation for English Language Learners
: 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
SITUATION Defined for Kids
Definition of situation for Students
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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