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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web On Instagram, Justin shared a video describing his situation. Amethyst Tate,, 1 Aug. 2022 Houston seemed content for Watson to be sidelined as his off-the-field situation progressed. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 1 Aug. 2022 What about your current working situation could use a fine tuning? Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 Aug. 2022 Agholor makes the most sense given his contract situation and role. Nicole Yang,, 30 July 2022 Husband is convinced that our situation is impossible, irresponsible, cruel to the child, will result in our divorce and misery, etc. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 30 July 2022 Her situation improved, but threatening followers persist. New York Times, 29 July 2022 And in explaining his own situation, the defensive-minded guard pretty perfectly encapsulated why the Jazz are in limbo at the moment. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 July 2022 Having Bell in the safeties room is a big deal for the Bengals currently given their situation with Jessie Bates and having recently drafted Dax Hill in the first round of this year's draft. Kelsey Conway, The Enquirer, 29 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of situation

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

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“Situation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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