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English noun: situation

1. situation (state) the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time

SamplesThe present international situation is dangerous.
Wondered how such a state of affairs had come about.
Eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation.

Synonymsstate of affairs

Broader (hypernym)state

Narrower (hyponym)absurd, acceptance, ballgame, challenge, childlessness, complication, crowding, disequilibrium, element, environment, equilibrium, exclusion, fish bowl, fishbowl, goldfish bowl, hotbed, inclusion, intestacy, new ballgame, picture, prison, prison house, rejection, scene, size, size of it, square one, status quo, the absurd, thing

2. situation (state) a condition or position in which you find yourself

SamplesThe unpleasant situation (or position) of having to choose between two evils.
Found herself in a very fortunate situation.


Broader (hypernym)condition, status

Narrower (hyponym)place, poverty trap, shoes, soup, stymie, stymy

3. situation (state) a complex or critical or unusual difficulty

SamplesThe dangerous situation developed suddenly.
That's quite a situation.
No human situation is simple.

Broader (hypernym)difficulty

Narrower (hyponym)conflict of interest, crisis, crunch, dead end, deadlock, embroilment, hornet's nest, hornets' nest, hot potato, how-d'ye-do, how-do-you-do, imbroglio, impasse, incubus, Mexican standoff, nightmare, no-win situation, pass, purgatory, quicksand, stalemate, standstill, strait, straits, swamp, ticking bomb, time bomb, tinderbox, urgency

4. situation (location) physical position in relation to the surroundings

SamplesThe sites are determined by highly specific sequences of nucleotides.


Broader (hypernym)place, position

Narrower (hyponym)active site, antigenic determinant, close quarters, determinant, epitope, locus, locus of infection, restriction site

5. situation (act) a job in an organization

SamplesHe occupied a post in the treasury.

Synonymsberth, billet, office, place, position, post, spot

Broader (hypernym)business, job, line, line of work, occupation

Narrower (hyponym)academicianship, accountantship, admiralty, ambassadorship, apostleship, apprenticeship, associateship, attorneyship, bailiffship, baronetage, bishopry, cadetship, caliphate, captaincy, captainship, cardinalship, chair, chairmanship, chancellorship, chaplaincy, chaplainship, chieftaincy, chieftainship, clerkship, commandership, commandery, comptrollership, consulship, controllership, councillorship, councilorship, counsellorship, counselorship, curacy, curatorship, custodianship, deanery, deanship, directorship, discipleship, editorship, eldership, emirate, episcopate, fatherhood, fatherhood, feudal lordship, foremanship, generalcy, generalship, governorship, headship, headship, hot seat, incumbency, inspectorship, instructorship, internship, judgeship, judicature, khanate, lectureship, legateship, legation, legislatorship, librarianship, lieutenancy, magistracy, magistrature, managership, manhood, marshalship, mastership, mayoralty, messiahship, moderatorship, overlordship, pastorate, pastorship, peasanthood, plum, praetorship, precentorship, preceptorship, prefecture, prelacy, prelature, premiership, presidency, presidentship, primateship, principalship, priorship, proconsulate, proconsulship, proctorship, professorship, protectorship, public office, rabbinate, receivership, rectorate, rectorship, regency, residency, rulership, sainthood, secretaryship, seigneury, seigniory, senatorship, sinecure, solicitorship, speakership, stewardship, studentship, teachership, thaneship, throne, treasurership, tribuneship, trusteeship, vice-presidency, viceroyship, viziership, wardenship, wardership, womanhood

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