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 entry 6, 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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Recent Examples on the Web Horton also tried to contact the building's maintenance man and left a voicemail about Ward’s situation. Sharon Coolidge,, "Vietnam vet who died after botched 911 response to receive military salute," 25 May 2020 The Georgia Emergency Management Agency released a situation report on Sunday which showed a 17-year-old was recently added to the list of fatalities from the virus. Fox News, "Georgia teen becomes youngest in the state to die from coronavirus," 25 May 2020 In other words, everything’s under control, situation normal. Graeme Mcmillan, Wired, "While You Were Offline: The Willis Tower Looks Creepy With the Lights Off," 24 May 2020 Instead of alerting the global community, the Soviets covered up the situation. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "'One day they'll do an HBO show': O'Brien compares China coronavirus response to Chernobyl," 24 May 2020 The horrific situation at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, Massachusetts, where more than 79 veteran residents have died from a COVID-19 outbreak, illustrates the risk facing the veterans in residential homes. Jamie Rowen, The Conversation, "Memorial Day: Why veterans are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic," 22 May 2020 Drake found himself in a bit of an awkward situation after an Instagram Live revealed a song he'd previously scrapped. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Drake Just Spoke Out About His Leaked Song That Calls Kylie Jenner a ‘Side Piece’," 22 May 2020 Poisoning the water supply with a solution that makes people’s faces freeze into a permanent smile just seems silly, given the current global situation. Kate Sidley, The New Yorker, "Batman Works from Home," 22 May 2020 The Mean Green’s quarterback situation is unsettled at best with Austin Aune and Jason Bean as the top contenders for the job. Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, "North Texas roster rankings, Nos. 5-1: Mean Green's lone first-team All-Conference USA selection in 2019 tops countdown," 22 May 2020

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First Known Use of situation

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

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The first known use of situation was in the 15th century

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28 May 2020

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“Situation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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