[ sich-oo-ey-shuhn ]
/ ˌsɪtʃ uˈeɪ ʃən /
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM situationsit·u·a·tion·al, adjectivesit·u·a·tion·al·ly, adverb
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How to use situation in a sentence
If you confront this situation creatively, it has the potential to make your institution better.Plight at the Museum|Jen Trolio|November 20, 2020|Vox
The situation is likely to only get worse as winter weather and holidays drive people indoors and together.CDC Thanksgiving guidance: No traveling, no outside-household members|Beth Mole|November 19, 2020|Ars Technica
It’s also much faster than traditional construction methods, making it a prime tool for situations like disaster relief where dwellings need to go up quickly and cheaply.A 3D Printed Apartment Building Is Going Up in Germany|Vanessa Bates Ramirez|November 19, 2020|Singularity Hub
I don’t think we should have been in the situation to begin with.County Officials Dig in to Keep COVID-19 Info Private|Sara Libby and Jared Whitlock|November 19, 2020|Voice of San Diego
They can make their own decisions when faced with new situations, much like humans and animals do.What is AI? We made this to help.|Tate Ryan-Mosley|November 18, 2020|MIT Technology Review
British Dictionary definitions for situation
/ (ˌsɪtjʊˈeɪʃən) /
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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