Synonyms of situation
1 positionDictionary • We are in a difficult financial situation.
position • He's going to be in a difficult position if things go badly.
state • You shouldn't be lifting heavy things in your state.
case • In extreme cases, insurance companies can prosecute for fraud.
condition • The government has to encourage people to better their condition.
plight • the plight of Third World countries plagued by debts
ball game (informal)
kettle of fish (informal)
2 scenarioDictionary • They looked at each other and weighed up the situation.
scenario • That apocalyptic scenario cannot be ruled out.
the picture (informal)
the score (informal) • He knows the score.
state of affairs • This state of affairs cannot continue for too long.
state of play
lie of the land
3 locationDictionary • The garden is in a beautiful situation.
location • the city's newest luxury hotel has a beautiful location.
place • the place where the temple actually stood
setting • The house is in a lovely setting in the hills.
position • The ship's position was reported to the coastguard.
seat • Gunfire broke out around the seat of government.
site • the site of Moses' tomb
spot • They returned to the remote spot where they had left him.
locality • Such a locality is popularly referred to as a 'hot spot'.
locale • An amusement park is the perfect locale for adventures.
job • the pressure of being the first woman in the job
place • All the candidates won places on the ruling council.
office • the honour and dignity of the office of President
position • He took up a position with the Arts Council.
post • Sir Peter has held several senior military posts.
employment • She was unable to find employment in the area.
berth (informal) • some of the players who tried for a berth on the team
usage note:It is common to hear the word situation used in sentences such as the company is in a crisis situation. This use of situation is considered bad style and the word should be left out, since it adds nothing to the sentence's meaning.
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• some of the players who tried for a berth on the team
caseA particular case is a particular situation or incident, especially one that you are using as an individual example or instance of something.
• In extreme cases, insurance companies can prosecute for fraud.
conditionThe condition of a group of people is their situation in life, especially with regard to the difficulties they have.
• The government has to encourage people to better their condition.
Thesaurus for situation from the Collins English Thesaurus
physical placement, esp with regard to the surroundings