Definition of situation in English:

situation

Line breaks: situ|ation
Pronunciation: /sɪtjʊˈeɪʃ(ə)n
 
/

noun

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.
Synonyms
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
Synonyms
location, place, position, spot, site, locality, locale; setting, environment
Australian/New Zealand informal possy
technical locus
3 formal A position of employment; a job.
Synonyms
job, day job, post, position, place, appointment; employment
informal berth
Australian informal grip
archaic employ

Origin

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.

Phrases

situations vacant (or wanted)

chiefly British Lists of jobs offered (or sought), especially in a newspaper.
More 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.

Derivatives

situational

adjective
More example sentences
  • Moreover, this was not just a temporary or situational development.
  • Information sharing enhances quality of information and shared situational awareness.
  • Some of the situational horror that Claire finds herself in, especially in the last half hour, are truly riveting.

situationally

adverb
More example sentences
  • This is an interminable argument that must be decided situationally.
  • While these men are situationally homosexual, they do not believe themselves to be bisexual or gay.
  • The point is that strategy is situationally dependent.

Definition of situation in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day anastrophe
Pronunciation: əˈnastrəfi
noun
the inversion of the usual order of words...