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Definition of situation noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

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situation

noun
/ˌsɪtʃuˈeɪʃn/ situation pronunciation American
 
1 all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular placeto be in a difficult situationYou could get into a situation where you have to decide immediately.We have all been in similar embarrassing situations.the current economic/financial/political, etc. situationHe could see no way out of the situation.In your situation, I would look for another job.What we have here is a crisis situation.I'm in a no-win situation (= whatever I do will be bad for me).2 (formal) the kind of area or surroundings that a building or town hasThe town is in a delightful situation in a wide green valley. situational
/ˌsɪtʃuˈeɪʃənl/ situational pronunciation American
adjective
Usage notesThesaurus: situationcircumstances position conditions things the case state of affairsThese are all words for the conditions and facts that are connected with and affect the way things are.situation all the things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place: the current economic situationcircumstances the facts that are connected with and affect a situation, an event, or an action; the conditions of a person's life, especially the money they have: The ship sank in mysterious circumstances.position the situation that someone is in, especially when it affects what they can and cannot do: She knew that she was in a position of power.conditions the circumstances in which people live, work, or do things; the physical situation that affects how something happens: We were forced to work outside in freezing conditions.circumstances or conditions?Circumstances often refers to someone's financial situation; conditions are things such as the quality and amount of food or shelter they have. The circumstances that affect an event are the facts surrounding it; the conditions that affect it are usually physical ones, such as the weather.things (somewhat informal) the general situation, as it affects someone: Hi, Jane!How are things? Think things over before you decide.the case the true situation: If that is the case (= if the situation described is true), we need more staff.state of affairs a situation: Well, this is certainly a sorry state of affairs.situation or state of affairs?State of affairs is mostly used with this. It is also used with adjectives describing how good or bad a situation is, such as happy, sorry, shocking, and sad, as well as those relating to time, such as present and current.Situation is much more frequent and is used in a wider variety of contexts.patternsin (a) particular situation/circumstances/position/state of affairsthe/someone's economic/financial/social situation/circumstances/position/conditions(a/an) happy/fortunate/unfortunate/sad situation/circumstances/position/state of affairsto look at/review the situation/circumstances/conditions/things