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

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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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To get the most out of their experience, Students need to be flexible in responding to unforeseen situations and in taking advantage of unexpected opportunities. National Geographic, "Terms & Conditions," 15 Sep. 2019 Neither actor is afraid to let the emotions get messy as a very messy situation unravels. Matthew J. Palm,, "Compelling ‘Niceties’ is a wake-up call for all of us | Review," 14 Sep. 2019 The situation is similar for Central, Johnson and Como Park. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "High school football: St. Paul teams are back to playing fellow city schools, just how they like it," 12 Sep. 2019 Goalkeepers The situation between the sticks is remarkably similar to the Spaniard's last spell in charge., "Quique Sanchez Flores: Comparing the Current Watford Squad to the One the Spanish Manager Left," 12 Sep. 2019 The situation with Fravel was a pebble causing barely a ripple compared to Justify. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Lesson from horse racing’s Justify, Triple Crown mess: Fix CHRB," 12 Sep. 2019 Smith thought the situation was in the Beavers’ favor, with four minutes and three timeouts remaining, and the defense playing well. oregonlive, "Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith says second-half offense not about play-calling, but details, route-running, and catching the ball," 10 Sep. 2019 When Roberto arrived in Georgia, the situation was not at all what the recruiter had described. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Farm worker says migrants were mistreated in Wisconsin and Georgia as part of alleged labor trafficking scheme," 10 Sep. 2019 The situation is very different with respect to Ph.D. students and faculty. Musa Al-gharbi, National Review, "Ideological Discrimination in Academia Is More Complicated than You Think," 9 Sep. 2019

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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
somewhat formal + old-fashioned : a place or location


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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concealment of treason or felony

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