situation

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noun sit·u·a·tion \ˌsi-chə-ˈwā-shən\

Definition of situation

  1. 1a :  the way in which something is placed in relation to its surroundingsb :  sitec archaic :  locality

  2. 2 archaic :  state of health

  3. 3a :  position or place of employment :  post, jobb :  position in life :  status

  4. 4 :  position with respect to conditions and circumstances

  5. 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

  1. He's in a bad situation.

  2. You may find yourself in a situation where you lose control of the vehicle.

  3. How is your financial situation?

  4. I'm worried about the current political situation.

  5. My parents are retired and in a good situation.

  6. I have a situation that I have to deal with at the moment.

  7. The house is in a wonderful situation overlooking the valley.

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First Known Use of situation

15th century



SITUATION Defined for English Language Learners

situation

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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

situation

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noun sit·u·a·tion \ˌsi-chə-ˈwā-shən\

Definition of situation for Students

  1. 1 :  the combination of surrounding conditions The situation at school is better than it was.

  2. 2 :  a state of affairs that is urgent or difficult We have a situation to deal with.

  3. 3 :  1place 5

  4. 4 :  position or place of employment :  job


Medical Dictionary

situation

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noun sit·u·a·tion \ˌsich-ə-ˈwā-shən\

Medical Definition of situation

  1. 1:  the way in which something is placed in relation to its surroundings

  2. 2:  the total set of physical, social, and psychocultural factors that act upon an individual in orienting and conditioning his or her behavior

  3. 3:  relative position or combination of circumstances at a particular moment



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