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situation

noun [C] uk   /ˌsɪt.juˈeɪ.ʃən/ us  
B1 the set of things that are happening and the conditions that exist at a particular time and place: the economic/political situation Her news put me in a difficult situation. "Would you get involved in a fight?" "It would depend on the situation." I'll worry about it if/when/as the situation arises (= if/when/as it happens). old use a job: My sister has a good situation as a teacher in the local school. formal the position of something, especially a town, building, etc.: The house's situation in the river valley is perfect.
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