Definition of situation in English:

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Pronunciation: /sɪtjʊˈeɪʃ(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /sɪtʃʊˈeɪʃ(ə)n/


1A set of circumstances in which one finds oneself; a state of affairs: the situation between her and Jake had come to a head the political situation in Russia
More example sentences
  • If your thoughts are good and creative then you don't need to worry about the situations and circumstances.
  • The worst of the economic crisis may be over, but the political situation is far from decided.
  • On occasions I've been placed in situations I would consider dangerous.
circumstances, set of circumstances, state of affairs, affairs, state, condition, case;
predicament, plight
informal kettle of fish, ball game
2The location and surroundings of a place: the situation of the town is pleasant
location, place, position, spot, site, locality, locale;
setting, environment
Australian/New Zealand informal possy
technical locus
3 formal A position of employment; a job.
job, day job, post, position, place, appointment;
informal berth
Australian informal grip
archaic employ


situations vacant (or wanted)

chiefly British Lists of jobs offered (or sought), especially in a newspaper.
Example sentences
  • Fifty companies looking for employees in a variety of fields were selected at random from newspaper situations vacant columns and recruitment websites.
  • If I needed work I'd search through the situations vacant ads.


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 century.

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