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Webster 1913 Edition


Situation

Sitˊu-a′tion

,
Noun.
[LL.
situatio
: cf. F.
situation
.]
1.
Manner in which an object is placed; location, esp. as related to something else; position; locality site;
as, a house in a pleasant
situation
.
2.
Position, as regards the conditions and circumstances of the case.
A
situation
of the greatest ease and tranquillity.
Rogers.
3.
Relative position; circumstances; temporary state or relation at a moment of action which excites interest, as of persons in a dramatic scene.
There’s
situation
for you! there's an heroic group!
Sheridan.
4.
Permanent position or employment; place; office;
as, a
situation
in a store; a
situation
under government
.
Syn. – State; position; seat; site; station; post; place; office; condition; case; plight. See
State
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Situation

SITUA'TION

,
Noun.
1.
Position; seat; location in respect to something else. The situation of London is more favorable for foreign commerce than that of Paris. The situation of a stranger among people of habits differing from his own, cannot be pleasant.
2.
State; condition. He enjoys a situation of ease and tranquility.
3.
Circumstances; temporary state; used of persons in a dramatic scene.
4.
Place; office. He has a situation in the war department, or under government.

Definition 2022


Situation

Situation

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German

Noun

Situation f (genitive Situation, plural Situationen)

  1. situation, circumstances
  2. setting (background, atmosphere)

situation

situation

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English

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Noun

situation (plural situations)

  1. The way in which something is positioned vis-à-vis its surroundings.
    The Botanical Gardens are in a delightful situation on the river bank.
    • 1908, Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows:
      ...he being naturally an underground animal by birth and breeding, the situation of Badger's house exactly suited him and made him feel at home; while the Rat, who slept every night in a bedroom the windows of which opened on a breezy river, naturally felt the atmosphere still and oppressive.
  2. The place in which something is situated; a location.
    • 1833, Thomas Hibbert and Robert Buist, The American Flower Garden Directory, page 142:
      [Hibíscus] speciòsus is the most splendid, and deserves a situation in every garden.
  3. Position or status with regard to conditions and circumstances.
  4. The combination of circumstances at a given moment; a state of affairs.
    The United States is in an awkward situation with debt default looming.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
      Then we relapsed into a discomfited silence, and wished we were anywhere else. But Miss Thorn relieved the situation by laughing aloud, and with such a hearty enjoyment that instead of getting angry and more mortified we began to laugh ourselves, and instantly felt better.
  5. (Britain) A position of employment; a post.
    • 1913, D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, Penguin 2006, page 78:
      When he was nineteen, he suddenly left the 'Co-op' office, and got a situation in Nottingham.
    • 1946, Vaughn Horton, Denver Darling, Milt Gabler, Choo Choo Ch'Boogie:
      You take a morning paper from the top of the stack
      And read the situations from the front to the back
      The only job that's open need a man with a knack
      So put it right back in the rack Jack.
  6. A difficult or unpleasant set of circumstances; a problem.
    Boss, we've got a situation here...

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  • Source for the definitions:
    • Dictionary.com. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. (accessed: March 10, 2007).
  • situation in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • situation in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • situation at OneLook Dictionary Search

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French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /si.tɥa.sjɔ̃/

Noun

situation f (plural situations)

  1. situation (all meanings)

Swedish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /sɪtvaˈɧuːn/, /sɪtɵaˈɧuːn/

Noun

situation c

  1. a situation

Declension

Inflection of situation 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative situation situationen situationer situationerna
Genitive situations situationens situationers situationernas

Related terms

  • nödsituation
  • situationskomik

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