situation

noun
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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Florida Florida may have passed a medical marijuana law in 2016, but the situation for CBD has been less than rosy. Meredith Clark, Marie Claire, "Is CBD Even Legal Where You Live?," 12 Apr. 2019 The situation was desperate but not hopeless: There was a treatment center only a few hours away. Melinda Gates, WSJ, "Equality for Women Must Start at Home (Even the Gates Home)," 5 Apr. 2019 However, Woods told Pinkett-Smith that this situation is not a publicity stunt. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Khloé Kardashian Calls BS on Jordyn Woods' Red Table Talk Interview and Twitter Claps Back," 1 Mar. 2019 What has helped me a lot is meeting other survivors with unique situations. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "How the Parkland Students Helped a Columbine Survivor Find Her Voice," 19 Apr. 2019 As troubling as postpartum complications like mine are, the risks associated with premature delivery mean expecting mothers dealing with severe gallstone pain face a doubly hard situation. Kate Wehr, Good Housekeeping, "Gallstones Are the Pregnancy Complication No One Warned Me About," 18 Apr. 2019 Most final polls show a fluid situation ahead of Tuesday’s vote, with Mr. Netanyahu’s main challenger, former Gen. Benny Gantz, drawing slightly more seats with a message focused on voter fatigue, corruption allegations and quality of life issues. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "Israel’s Election Is Seen as a Referendum on Netanyahu in a Country He Helped Transform," 7 Apr. 2019 On a crowded flight, that noise can make situations less-than-ideal, and quieter cabins have only exacerbated the issue. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Using Physics To Build a Quieter Airplane Toilet," 5 Apr. 2019 Others tweeted about their frustration with how the situation has been handled. Maddie Hiatt, House Beautiful, "WOW Air Just Completely Shut Down Without Warning," 28 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of situation

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

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situation

noun

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

situation

noun
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

situation

noun
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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