situ·ation [situation situations] BrE [ˌsɪtʃuˈeɪʃn] NAmE [ˌsɪtʃuˈeɪʃn] noun
1. all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place
• to be in a difficult situation
• You could get into a situation where you have to decide immediately.
• We have all been in similar embarrassing situations.
• the present economic/financial/political, etc. situation
• He 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 has
• The town is in a delightful situation in a wide green valley.
3. (old-fashioned or formal) a job
• Situations Vacant (= the title of the section in a newspaper where jobs are advertised)
see save the day/situation at save v.
Derived Word: situational
late Middle English (in sense 2): from French, or from medieval Latin situatio(n-), from situare ‘to place’ (see situate). Sense 1 dates from the early 18th cent.
situation noun C
• Consider the current economic situation.
state of affairs • • position • • conditions • • circumstance • • the case • |informal, especially spoken things •
in (a) particular situation/state of affairs/position/conditions/circumstances
the general/current/present/real situation/state of affairs/position/conditions/circumstances
describe/explain (the) situation/state of affairs/position/circumstances/things
Situation or state of affairs? State of affairs is mostly used with this and with adjectives such as happy, sorry, shocking, present and current
• How did this unhappy state of affairs come about?
Situation is much more frequent and used in a wider variety of contexts.
circumstances • position • conditions • things • the case • state of affairs
These 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 present economic situation
circumstances • 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 sb is in, especially when it affects what they can and cannot do: ▪ She felt she was in a position of power.
conditions • the circumstances in which people live, work or do things; the physical situation that affects how sth happens: ▪ We were forced to work outside in freezing conditions.
circumstances or conditions?
Circumstances refers to sb'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 • (rather informal) the general situation, as it affects sb: ▪ 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: ▪ How did this unhappy state of affairs come about?
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, sad and unhappy, 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.
in (a) particular situation/circumstances/position/state of affairs
the/sb's economic/financial/social situation/circumstances/position/conditions
(a/an) happy/unhappy situation/circumstances/position/state of affairs
to look at/review the situation/circumstances/conditions/things
• Given the gravity of the situation, I'm not surprised she's panicking.
• He saw she was confused and he took full advantage of the situation.
• I always seem to get into sticky situations on holiday.
• I found myself in rather an awkward situation.
• I was in trouble and I could see no way out of the situation.
• Interfering now would only exacerbate the situation.
• She found it difficult to take in the situation.
• She tried her best to salvage the situation.
• She was forced to confront the reality of the situation.
• The peacekeepers are trained to defuse potentially explosive situations.
• The situation is deteriorating rapidly.
• The situation requires immediate action.
• We were placed in a hopeless situation.
• We will deal with that if the situation arises.
• What would the Republicans be doing if the situation were reversed?
• What would you do in this situation?
• You can adapt your knowledge to fit your particular situation.
• learning strategies to cope with difficult situations
• located in a beautiful situation
• the international political situation
• I'm in a no-win situation.
• The town is in a beautiful situation in a wide green valley.
• We couldn't have asked for a more perfect situation.
• You need to consider the present economic situation.
1. the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time
- the present international situation is dangerous
- wondered how such a state of affairs had come about
- "eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation"- Franklin D.Roosevelt
Syn: state of affairs
2. a condition or position in which you find yourself
- the unpleasant situation (or position) of having to choose between two evils
- found herself in a very fortunate situation
3. a complex or critical or unusual difficulty
- the dangerous situation developed suddenly
- that's quite a situation
- no human situation is simple
4. physical position in relation to the surroundings
- the sites are determined by highly specific sequences of nucleotides
Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
|n.||1.||Manner in which an object is placed; location, esp. as related to something else; position; locality site; as, a house in a pleasant situation.|
|2.||Position, as regards the conditions and circumstances of the case.|
A situation of the greatest ease and tranquillity.
|3.||Relative position; circumstances; temporary state or relation at a moment of action which excites interest, as of persons in a dramatic scene.|
There's situation for you! there's an heroic group!
|4.||Permanent position or employment; place; office; as, a situation in a store; a situation under government.|
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