circumstance Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “circumstance” in the English Dictionary

"circumstance" in British English

See all translations

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).
More examples
(Definition of circumstance from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"circumstance" in American English

See all translations

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…
What is the pronunciation of circumstance?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “circumstance”

Word of the Day
boarding school

a school where students live and study

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by ,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some are new to our

Read More 

hyperpalatable adjective
hyperpalatable adjective
August 24, 2015
describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

Read More