situation meaning

[ ˌsitju'eiʃən ] Pronunciation:   "situation" in a sentence
Noun: situation  `sichoo'eyshun
  1. The general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time
    "the present international situation is dangerous"; "eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation"
    - state of affairs 
  2. A condition or position in which you find yourself
    "the unpleasant situation of having to choose between two evils"; "found herself in a very fortunate situation"
    - position 
  3. A complex or critical or unusual difficulty
    "the dangerous situation developed suddenly"; "that's quite a situation"; "no human situation is simple" 
  4. Physical position in relation to the surroundings
    - site 
  5. A job in an organization
    - position, post, berth, office, spot, billet, place

Derived forms: situations

See also: situate

Type of: business, condition, difficulty, job, line, line of work, occupation, place, position, state, status

Encyclopedia: Situation Situation, Task, Action, Result

noun [C]



all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place:

the present economic/financial situation

We need to analyse the market situation.

Financially, the company is in a difficult situation.

I'm in a no-win situation

(= whatever I do will be bad for me).

What we have here is a crisis situation.

You could get into a situation where you have to decide immediately.


the kind of area or surroundings that a building or town has:

The hotel is in a beautiful situation.

3 (old-fashioned or only used in written English)


1 : the way in which something is placed in relation to its surroundings
2 : the total set of physical, social, and psychocultural factors that act upon an individual in orienting and conditioning his or her behavior
3 : relative position or combination of circumstances at a particular moment


More:   Next
  1. i really should straighten my situation out.
  2. his assessment of the situation was spot-on.
  3. the current situation is growing increasingly tense.
  4. i need to get your slant on the situation.
  5. i know very little about the situation there.

Related Words

  1. sittlichkeit meaning
  2. situ meaning
  3. situate meaning
  4. situated meaning
  5. situatedness meaning
  6. situation analysis meaning
  7. situation comedy meaning
  8. situation ethics meaning
  9. situation map meaning
  10. situation report meaning
PC Version