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noun [countable] American English pronunciation: situation /ˌsɪtʃuˈeɪʃ(ə)n/ 
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  1. 1
    the set of conditions that exist at a particular time in a particular place

    If the situation had been different, their plan might have succeeded.

    concern about the current situation south of the border

    as/if/when the situation arises (=when it happens):

    We'll have to deal with overcrowding as the situation arises.

    an economic/political/employment situation:

    The country is facing a very difficult economic situation.

    social situation (=any event where you talk with or meet a lot of people):

    Social situations always make me nervous.

    someone's situation (=the conditions that affect their life at a particular time):

    What prospects are there for a person in his situation?

 

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