|1.||[ noun ] the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time|
"the present international situation is dangerous" "wondered how such a state of affairs had come about"
|Related terms:||state thing environment picture crisis challenge equilibrium status_quo complication nightmare rejection acceptance purgatory prison size exclusion hot_potato mexican_standoff inclusion imbroglio square_one pass element disequilibrium swamp hotbed crowding tinderbox fish_bowl crunch how-do-you-do urgency no-win_situation ballgame conflict_of_interest childlessness|
|2.||[ noun ] a condition or position in which you find yourself|
: "the unpleasant situation (or position) of having to choose between two evils" "found herself in a very fortunate situation"
|Related terms:||condition place stymie poverty_trap soup|
|3.||[ noun ] physical position in relation to the surroundings|
"the sites are determined by highly specific sequences of nucleotides"
|Related terms:||position locus_of_infection active_site restriction_site locus situate|
|4.||[ noun ] a complex or critical or unusual difficulty|
"the dangerous situation developed suddenly" "that's quite a situation" "no human situation is simple"
|Related terms:||difficulty crisis deadlock nightmare hot_potato purgatory no-win_situation ticking_bomb swamp tinderbox imbroglio how-do-you-do crunch urgency mexican_standoff hornet's_nest pass quicksand conflict_of_interest|
|5.||[ noun ] (work) a job in an organization|
|Synonyms:||position place post berth spot billet office slot|
"he occupied a post in the treasury"
|Related terms:||occupation job legation professorship apprenticeship academicianship bishopry chairmanship chaplaincy attorneyship clerkship comptrollership bailiffship admiralty discipleship chancellorship foremanship chieftaincy headship commandership internship consulship legislatorship controllership cadetship ambassadorship curacy accountantship counselorship messiahship prelacy editorship eldership emirate protectorship generalship governorship headship solicitorship incumbency inspectorship instructorship tribuneship judgship lectureship fatherhood khanate librarianship lieutenancy councillorship caliphate marshalship mastership mayoralty moderatorship curatorship overlordship pastorship custodianship captainship praetorship precentorship deanship premiership presidency primateship principalship priorship proconsulship proctorship preceptorship prefecture receivership regency rulership secretaryship senatorship sinecure directorship speakership stewardship studentship teachership thaneship throne treasurership cardinalship viceroyship viziership wardenship wardership hot_seat apostleship fatherhood managership manhood peasanthood public_office residency sainthood womanhood magistracy station officiate post|