situation

noun
sit·​u·​a·​tion | \ ˌsi-chə-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce situation (audio) \

Essential Meaning of situation

1 : all of the facts, conditions, and events that affect someone or something at a particular time and in a particular place He's in a bad/difficult/dangerous situation. You may find yourself in a situation where you lose control of the vehicle. See More ExamplesHow is your financial situation? I'm worried about the current political/economic situation. I've been in your situation [=position] before, so I think I can help you. My parents are retired and in a good situation.Hide
2 : an important or sudden problem I have a situation that I have to deal with at the moment.
3 somewhat formal + old-fashioned : a place or location The house is in a wonderful situation overlooking the valley.

Full 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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Recent Examples on the Web Most also think social media companies, and the people that use them, bear a good deal of blame for the situation. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Oct. 2021 Most also think social media companies, and the people that use them, bear a good deal of blame for the situation. Amanda Seitz And Hannah Fingerhut, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Oct. 2021 The Chicago White Sox acquired Lance Lynn in an offseason trade with the Texas Rangers for a situation like Thursday: a big game in a hostile environment against a team loaded with talent. Lamond Pope, chicagotribune.com, 7 Oct. 2021 Prosecutors argued Newby went far beyond what most normal people would have done in that situation. Johnny Magdaleno, The Indianapolis Star, 7 Oct. 2021 Renters’ insurance is highly advisable, as is going to a lender or insurance company to make sure the seller is covered specifically for this situation. Mike Maher, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Distraction is the word Meyer used for the Doyle situation. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 5 Oct. 2021 If someone doesn’t respect your boundaries, it’s on you to remove yourself from that situation. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, 5 Oct. 2021 That was something that was required of me as a leadoff hitter in that situation for that team. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 5 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of situation

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

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The first known use of situation was in the 15th century

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14 Oct 2021

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“Situation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/situation. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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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