Definition of “situation” - 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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They will have far less chance of success in life and the conditions are all present for their children to experience the same situation.
At present, one in three flights is delayed and 450 000 flight hours are lost annually, and unless far-reaching measures are taken, the situation will only get worse.
We do not want to let this situation get out of hand, especially when safety issues can be in the balance if, for example, pilots have to fly long hours.
On the contrary, it is preparing working people, and this indeed at a fast rate, to live in a situation of complete and permanent insecurity.
We cannot have a situation in which they promise so much and then come and say, take the money we need from the most needy.
The tone of the news in the media on the recent events in the area could lead us to take a pessimistic view of the situation.
The situation in the north is different from that in the south, and different from the situation in those countries which have the problem of desert areas.
The situation there is totally unacceptable.
Such an impossible situation requires political decisiveness.
Correct regulation of their situation is not only a present matter of justice, but it could prevent the maintenance of the high poverty rate among older women in the future.