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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At first, Sunny did bring up an excellent point: If, in fact, Jordyn was intoxicated, the situation is extremely more complicated, because of consent. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Host Meghan McCain Gets Heated Over Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson Drama," 27 Feb. 2019 Stay ahead of the situation by drinking plenty of water at all times. Kraig Becker, Popular Mechanics, "Winter Camping: How To Get Outdoors When It's Freezing Cold," 14 Feb. 2019 But several acquirers have expressed interest in buying the company in recent months if the CEO, Jason Citron, can be convinced the price is right, people with knowledge of the situation said. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Who could buy Discord? Acquirers have been giving the gaming startup a long look.," 21 Nov. 2018 Though, each type seems to be beneficial in different situations. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "What Is a Stretch Studio? Here’s What You Need to Know About This Growing Fitness Trend," 24 Feb. 2019 According to a study published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, 259 people have died trying to take selfies in dangerous situations. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "This Teen Fell Off A Bridge While Trying To Take a Selfie And Broke Almost Every Bone in His Face," 21 Feb. 2019 The other three – Terrell Brown, Myles Carter and Morgan Means — have played through injuries that might have kept them out in other situations. Scott Hanson, The Seattle Times, "After a wave of injuries, things are looking up again for Seattle U men’s basketball," 20 Feb. 2019 Lawyers on Wednesday urged the country’s top court to clarify the rights of trademark users in situations when the owner of that intellectual property files for bankruptcy protection. Katy Stech Ferek, WSJ, "U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Trademark Disputes in Bankruptcy Cases," 20 Feb. 2019 On the road, in low-traction situations like snow, part-time systems tend to feel reassuringly stable. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Why the New Jeep Wrangler's Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Engine Is Totally Worth the Extra Money," 13 Feb. 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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