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[ sich-oo-ey-shuhn ]
/ ˌsɪtʃ uˈeɪ ʃən /
manner of being situated; location or position with reference to environment: The situation of the house allowed for a beautiful view.
a place or locality.
condition; case; plight: He is in a desperate situation.
the state of affairs; combination of circumstances: The present international situation is dangerous.
a position or post of employment; job.
a state of affairs of special or critical significance in the course of a play, novel, etc.
Sociology. the aggregate of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors acting on an individual or group to condition behavioral patterns.
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Origin of situation
First recorded in –90, situation is from the Medieval Latin word situātiōn- (stem of situātiō). See situate, -ion
OTHER WORDS FROM situationsit·u·a·tion·al,adjectivesit·u·a·tion·al·ly,adverb
Words nearby situation
sitting tenant, sitting trot, Sittwe, situate, situated, situation, situational irony, situational psychosis, situation comedy, situation ethics, situationism
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Words related to situation
position, case, scene, place, plight, condition, job, trade, direction, locality, locale, footing, spot, site, locus, whereabouts, station, location, latitude, post
How to use situation in a sentence
Other situations could give a magnetar a halo of electrons, but protons would come only from the magnetar itself.
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Her slight miscalculation of how to fix the situation leads to her driving around the gas pump.
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When the problem is already political, when the intolerable situation is the status quo?
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The girls send a cry for help…the situation of these girls is distressing.
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Among whites, the situation is also bad — in some ways, even worse.
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She had no say in it, but now is being forced to deal with an already challenging situation in front of strangers.
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We should have to admit that the new law does little or nothing to relieve such a situation.
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In this situation we waited the motion of the enemy, without perceiving any advancement they made towards us.
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He could not bear to open his dreadful situation to his Uncle David, nor to kill himself, nor to defy the vengeance of Longcluse.
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He saw that the situation was worse than even he had bargained for, and all his irresolution began to return upon him.
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And this fact seemed pregnant with evidence as to Gordon's state of mind; it did not appear to simplify the situation.
British Dictionary definitions for situation
physical placement, esp with regard to the surroundings
- state of affairs; combination of circumstances
- a complex or critical state of affairs in a novel, play, etc
social or financial status, position, or circumstances
a position of employment; post
Derived forms of situationsituational, adjective
usage for situation
Situation is often used in contexts in which it is redundant or imprecise. Typical examples are: the company is in a crisis situation or people in a job situation. In the first example, situation does not add to the meaning and should be omitted. In the second example, it would be clearer and more concise to substitute a phrase such as people at work
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Other Idioms and Phrases with situation
see no-win situation.
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The definition of condition is the state something or someone is in or can also refer to a specific illness.
A fact or event accompanying another, either incidentally or as an essential condition or determining factor
state of one's affairs
The state of affairs; the situation:
The sky, appearing as a hemisphere to an observer:
(Informal) A criminal act or deed, as a theft, etc.
A condition of being in a stage or form, as of structure, growth, or development:
A bargain is defined as something that you buy that costs less than it normally does.
The place where anything is fixed; situation; local position; as, the site of a city or of a house.
Supporting or convincing arguments or evidence; proper grounds for a statement or action
The administrative personnel, executives, or staff working in such a place:
A message posted in an electronic forum. [from 20th c.]
A small area of different color or texture from the main area of which it is a part; often, a mark made by some foreign matter; stain, blot, speck, patch, etc.
Rank is someone's status or position, especially in society or in the military.
A situation in which a person must choose between equally unsatisfactory alternatives.
(Countable and uncountable) A requirement for something.
The definition of a berth is a built-in space to sleep on a boat or train, the space required for a ship to maneuver safely and a place where a ship is intended to dock.
(Law) The right of a party to bring a legal action, based on the relationship between that party and the matter to which the action relates.
An urgent requirement; a pressing need:
A combination, as of events or circumstances:
( Music) A word or phrase in a score indicating how a passage is to be played or sung.
A serious situation or occurrence that happens unexpectedly and demands immediate action.
Limitation to a county, district, or place.
(Finance) A standard unit of value used in quoting changes in the prices of stocks, bonds, etc.; specif., a $1 change in the price of a stock
The place where something is carried on, settled, established, etc.; center; location; site
The definition of a strait is a difficulty or a hard situation.
Position with relation to the points of the compass
The place where a person or thing is, esp. in relation to others; location; situation; site
The current or customary fashion or style:
A position of employment in an organization or hierarchy.
A job, especially a booking for musicians.
Manner of being or form of existence
(Uncountable, LGBT, slang) A brief sexual encounter.
(Computing) The set of settings related to the language and region in which a computer program executes. Examples are language, paper format, currency and time formats, character encoding etc.
A condition or state of affairs; esp., now, an awkward, sad, or dangerous situation
One's attitude or the social or political position one takes towards an issue or another person.
The definition of a quandary is a dilemma or a state of uncertainty.
The act of putting into a certain position; placement.
The appointment, designation, or placement of an individual in a job, office, or position, or to perform a duty.
The definition of a billet is a place in a nonmilitary facility where soldiers live temporarily.
A condition or situation, now specif. one that is difficult, unpleasant, embarrassing, or, sometimes, comical
A situation that requires a choice between options that are or seem equally unfavorable or unsatisfactory.
Find another word for situation. In this page you can discover 64 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for situation, like: condition, circumstance, predicamental, place, state of one's affairs, status, sphere, circumstances, job, state and location.
General words for situations and circumstances-thesaurus
the situation or place in which something happens
something that you have to deal with
a situation or person to be dealt with, often by an official
your circumstances are the conditions in which you live, especially how much money you have
formallife and the situations that people have to deal with, especially when this is difficult
something that might happen in the future, especially something bad
spoken what is happening or going to happen
a part of a situation, especially when it influences the way you think about the situation
an oldwordmeaning the situation or state that someone is in
formal something that might happen, especially something bad that people might have to deal with
something that happens to you, or a situation that you are involved in
an activity or situation that someone seems to be treating less seriously than it should be treated
Americaninformal a situation in which something that has been planned can happen or be done
a strange, funny, or sadsituation in which thingshappen in the opposite way to what you would expect
the lay of the landphrase
the way a situation seems at a particular time. The British phrase is the lie of the land
all the things that happen to someone during their life
formal the particularplace or situation in which something exists or takesplace
formal a set of social, political, or cultural conditions in which something develops or takes place
a situation that someone is involved in
very formal the particularpeople and society that surround you and influence the way in which you behave
a time at which something happens
something or someone that you have to deal with, described as having a particularquality
something that happens in a particularplace
informal a situation
mainly journalismconditions that allow something to develop, especially something bad
the things that someone must accept as part of their life
state of playnoun
British the way in which something is happening or developing
a shortexperience of something that you are not used to
ups and downsphrase
a variety of situations and experiences that are sometimes good and sometimes bad
the way things arephrase
a situation or condition that someone or something is in at a particular time
mainly literary the state of being alive
Synonyms of situation in English:
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1‘the club's financial situation had deteriorated’
circumstances, set of circumstances, state of affairs, affairs, state, condition, case
informal ball game
US informal sitch
2the situation‘have a drink—it'll give me a chance to fill you in on the situation’
the facts, the picture, how things stand, the lie of the land, what's going on
British the state of play
North American the lay of the land
informal what's what, the score, the set-up
3‘hold on, we've got a situation here’
emergency, emergency situation, urgent situation, crisis, potential crisis
problem, problematic situation, awkward situation, difficult situation, difficulty, issue, plight, predicament, tight spot, tight corner, mess, trouble, bother
informal scrape, jam, fix, pickle, bind, hole, sticky situation, pretty kettle of fish, fine kettle of fish, how-do-you-do, hot water
4‘the hotel enjoys a pleasant situation on the south bank of the River Swale’
location, place, position, spot, site, locality, locale
Australian, New Zealand informal possie
5‘he had recently been offered a situation in America’
job, day job, post, position, place, appointment
Australian informal grip
6‘he was much above my sister's situation in life’
status, station, position, standing, footing, rank, degree
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