Meaning of “situation” in the English Dictionary

"situation" in English

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situationnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌsɪtʃ.uˈeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌsɪtʃ.uˈeɪ.ʃən/

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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(Definition of “situation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"situation" in American English

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situationnoun [ C ]

us /ˌsɪtʃ·uˈeɪ·ʃən/

a condition or combination of conditions that exist at a particular time:

I was in a situation where I didn’t have cash handy.

(Definition of “situation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"situation" in Business English

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situationnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌsɪtjuˈeɪʃən/ us

the conditions that exist at a particular time and place:

Some dealers have taken advantage of the situation by adding £1,000 or more to the suggested retail price.
The airline did a good job of dealing with a very difficult situation.

the particular position of a building, business, city, etc.:

Florida's situation is ideal for making use of major sources of ocean power.

old-fashioned a job

(Definition of “situation” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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situation

In light of the extremely serious situation developing before our very eyes, which may seriously deteriorate, we must assume our responsibilities and turn the tide of war.
I am afraid, however, that the situation is still alarming and there is no time to lose: we still can and must do much more.
Clearly, this situation will continue until we are in a new phase that offers brighter prospects, which is vital for new business and investment strategies.
We are criticising ourselves by saying that the situation is as it is thanks to a certain amount of determination, whether we like that determination or not.
Our current situation is really very difficult.
In actual fact, we have a situation of impending rampant zoonosis: in other words, diseases can be transmitted from animal to human being.
The situation is indeed alarming.
We also need a situation where no one makes money from medicines, which are literally a matter of life and death, destined for poor countries.
Unilateral establishment of financial perspectives is incompatible with this, even if it were understandable in the light of the situation on conclusion of the accession negotiations.
We also support the need for an on-going review of the situation to ensure progress does not give rise to social or economic problems.