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circumstance

[ sur-kuhm-stans or, especially British, -stuhns ]
/ ˈsɜr kəmˌstæns or, especially British, -stəns /
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noun

verb (used with object), cir·cum·stanced, cir·cum·stanc·ing.

to place in particular circumstances or relations: The company was favorably circumstanced by the rise in tariffs.
Obsolete.
  1. to furnish with details.
  2. to control or guide by circumstances.

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Idioms for circumstance

    under no circumstances, regardless of events or conditions; never: Under no circumstances should you see them again.
    under the circumstances, because of the conditions; as the case stands: Under the circumstances, there is little hope for an early settlement.Also in the circumstances.

Origin of circumstance

1175–1225; Middle English <Latin circumstantia (circumstant-, stem of circumstāns, present participle of circumstāre to stand round), equivalent to circum-circum- + stā-stand + -nt present participle suffix + -ia noun suffix; see -ance
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British Dictionary definitions for circumstance

circumstance
/ (ˈsɜːkəmstəns) /

noun

verb (tr)

to place in a particular condition or situation
obsolete to give in detail
C13: from Old French circonstance, from Latin circumstantia, from circumstāre to stand around, from circum- + stāre to stand
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Idioms and Phrases with circumstance

circumstance

see extenuating circumstances; under the circumstances.

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