a. The combination of circumstances at a given moment; a state of affairs. See Synonyms at state.
b. A critical, problematic, or striking set of circumstances: We don't want this minor gaffe to turn into a situation.
2. The way in which something is positioned vis-à-vis its surroundings: the town's situation on the river.
3. Position or status with regard to conditions and circumstances: Their family's situation deteriorated during the recession.
4. A position of employment; a post: found a nice situation with a software company.
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