situation

noun
sit·​u·​a·​tion | \ ˌsi-chə-ˈwā-shən \

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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DMOS Collective set out to reinvent the shovel, and has developed one that can be used for every situation—from off-roading, restoration services, and ski-area management to everyday DIY around the house. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Here's the Only Shovel You'll Ever Need," 1 Feb. 2019 These are the best 55 rom-coms for every situation. Vogue, "The 55 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time," 1 Feb. 2019 Even though the whole Al Roker-Jillian Michaels situation has seemingly cooled off, the celebrity trainer still has a bone to pick with Bravo host Andy Cohen. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Jillian Michaels Wages Keto War By Going Off on Andy Cohen," 18 Jan. 2019 Architecting a new future This is the opposite of the Bungie situation this week. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Bungie divorces Activision, Epic gives our favorite game of 2017 away for free," 11 Jan. 2019 This situation doesn't look likely to ever improve. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Our favorite (and least favorite) tech of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 In Matchmaker Santa, a baker (another baker!) who is dating a fancy CEO is thrown into compromising situations with her boyfriend’s BFF, who is harboring a secret crush on her. Lourdes Avila Uribe, Glamour, "What You Can Expect to See in Every Single Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie," 24 Dec. 2018 Bold and ambitious, Aries dives headfirst into even the most challenging situations. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Each Zodiac Sign's Unique Personality Traits, Explained by an Astrologer," 28 Oct. 2018 Finding the correct mortgage requires careful consideration and often necessitates consultation with a financial professional, as each situation is largely unique. Kevin Mcallister, WSJ, "How to Make Home Ownership a Reality," 13 Jan. 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 \

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 \

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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