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situation

noun [C]
 
 
/ˌsɪtjuˈeɪʃən/
SOMETHING HAPPENING/EXISTING B1 the set of things that are happening and the conditions that exist at a particular time and place: the economic/political situation He's in a difficult situation.Situations and circumstances
POSITION formal the position of a town, building, etc: The park's situation was perfect.Places and locationsUnpleasant places
(Definition of situation from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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