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noun [countable] situation pronunciation in American English /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?
  2. 3
    formal the kind of area that surrounds a place, used especially by people who sell houses or property. A more usual word is location
    The property has a magnificent situation in the mountains.


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