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circumstancenoun

uk   /ˈsɜː.kəm.stɑːns/  us   /ˈsɝː.kəm.stæns/
B2 [C usually plural] a ​fact or ​event that makes a ​situation the way it is: I ​think she ​coped very well under the circumstances. Obviously we can't ​deal with the ​problem until we ​know all the circumstances. She ​died in ​suspicious circumstances. We ​opposecapitalpunishment in/under any circumstances. Under no circumstances should you (= you should not)approach the man. The ​meeting has been ​cancelled due to circumstances beyond ​ourcontrol. [U] formal events that ​changeyourlife, over which you have no ​control: They were ​victims of circumstance. We were ​obliged to go by ​force of circumstance.circumstances how much ​money someone has: Grants are ​availabledepending on ​your circumstances. By now she was ​alone and ​living inreduced circumstances (= with little ​money).
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(Definition of circumstance from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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circumstancenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈsɜr·kəmˌstæns/
an ​event or ​conditionconnected with what is ​happening or has ​happened: [C] The circumstances of the ​theft of the ​painting were not ​known. [C] The circumstances ​surrounding his ​disappearance are under ​investigation. [C] He said that under no circumstances was he ​returning to Phoenix. [U] Mrs. Smith's ​lawyers say she was ​victim of circumstance, not a ​murderer.
(Definition of circumstance from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “circumstance”
in Spanish circunstancia…
in Vietnamese tình huống…
in Malaysian keadaan…
in Thai สภาวะแวดล้อม…
in French circonstance…
in German der Umstand…
in Chinese (Simplified) 条件, 情况, 情形…
in Indonesian keadaan…
in Chinese (Traditional) 條件, 情況, 情形…
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