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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.


Synonymsposition


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.


Synonymssite


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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