verb (used with object), cir·cum·stanced, cir·cum·stanc·ing.
- to furnish with details.
- to control or guide by circumstances.
Origin of circumstance
Synonyms for circumstance
Related Words for circumstancesoutlook, precedence, rank, sphere, standing, prosperity, footing, state, station, lot, capital, resources, status, degree, means, income, situation, lifestyle, prestige, class
Examples from the Web for circumstances
Contemporary Examples of circumstances
And as he adjusted to this change in circumstances, he screamed at himself a second time: Wait!
Guilt, when dispensed in the circumstances Morris occupied, is the anti-Viagra.
The grim instability of shelter life is hardly a recipe for success under the best of circumstances.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
Everything is a different situation, depending on where I find it and what the circumstances are.#Setinthestreet: Your Street Corner Is Their Art Project
December 24, 2014
Like I said, in spite of or because of my circumstances, I was able to accomplish my dreams.Tim Howard’s Wall of Intensity
December 22, 2014
Historical Examples of circumstances
These circumstances have led me to suppose that you worship them as mere forms.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
I don't believe he will blame me when he knows the circumstances.
He knew the circumstances of the Rushtons, and he had not supposed they had any money on hand.
I regret this, but did the best I could under the circumstances.
He was as kind and obliging as it was possible to be in his circumstances.Explorations in Australia
Word Origin for circumstance
"condition of life, material welfare" (usually with a qualifying adjective), 1704, from circumstance.
early 13c., "conditions surrounding and accompanying an event," from Old French circonstance "circumstance, situation," also literally, "outskirts" (13c., Modern French circonstance), from Latin circumstantia "surrounding condition," neuter plural of circumstans (genitive circumstantis), present participle of circumstare "stand around, surround, encompass, occupy, take possession of" from circum "around" (see circum-) + stare "to stand" from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). The Latin word is a loan-translation of Greek peristasis.
Meaning "a person's surroundings, environment" is from mid-14c. Meaning "a detail" is from c.1300; sense of "that which is non-essential" is from 1590s. Obsolete sense of "formality about an important event" (late 14c.) lingers in Shakespeare's phrase pomp and circumstance ("Othello" III, iii).
see extenuating circumstances; under the circumstances.