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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Greenwell also posted a shot of Seyfried on the red carpet paired with the sweetest note about the situation. Lindsey V Thompson, Allure, "Amanda Seyfried’s Makeup Artist Turned the Star’s Eye Infection Into a Look at the Mamma Mia 2 Premiere," 13 July 2018 Following the incident, network management at TBS increased scrutiny over Bee's show, a source with knowledge of the situation told THR, with the plan being to prevent another incident that could potentially scare advertisers off. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Samantha Bee Earns Emmy Nomination Despite Ivanka Trump C-Word Controversy," 12 July 2018 What the troll, the stalker, and the abuser really want out of the situation is to feel powerful and in control. Film Crit Hulk, The Verge, "Don’t feed the trolls, and other hideous lies," 12 July 2018 The family and attorneys will hold a news conference on Wednesday to speak about the situation. Sarah Scanlan, USA TODAY, "Live stream: Daughter says Army turned parents over to ICE while visiting soldier son-in-law," 11 July 2018 Teigen elaborated on her thoughts about the situation in replies to other Twitter users. Emily Wang, Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen Just Called Out a Man for Taking Pictures of Her Breast Pumping," 10 July 2018 State troopers at the rally declined to comment about the situation. Zahria Rogers, The Courier-Journal, "Anti-poverty activists finally allowed to enter the Kentucky Capitol," 10 July 2018 Vermitsky also said his client feels terrible about the situation and didn't intend to discriminate against the woman. CBS News, "Man who challenged black family’s use of pool loses job," 6 July 2018 Councilwoman Carolyn Rogers, D-4th, admitted confusion as to what could be done about the situation. Gregory Tejeda, Post-Tribune, "Gary police eye crackdown on vagrants near Broadway businesses," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of situation

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

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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

: a place or location


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


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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alleviating pain or harshness

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