• WordNet 3.6
    • v situate put (something somewhere) firmly "She posited her hand on his shoulder","deposit the suitcase on the bench","fix your eyes on this spot"
    • v situate determine or indicate the place, site, or limits of, as if by an instrument or by a survey "Our sense of sight enables us to locate objects in space","Locate the boundaries of the property"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

An Uncomfortable Situation 107 An Uncomfortable Situation 107
Cherubino takes the Chair at a small Meeting. A De Risky situation Cherubino takes the Chair at a small Meeting. A De Risky situation

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some octopuses have been known to eat their arms off when they are exposed to stressful situations
    • Situate Having a site, situation, or location; being in a relative position; permanently fixed; placed; located; as, a town situated, or situate, on a hill or on the seashore.
    • Situate Placed; residing. "Pleasure situate in hill and dale."
    • v. t Situate To place.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Despite the fact that Madagascar is situated about 300 miles off the Eastern African coast, the majority of it's population is from Indonesia which is 3000 miles further East.
    • situate To give a site or position to; place (among specified surroundings); locate.
    • situate To place in a particular state or condition; involve in specified relations; subject to certain circumstances: as, to be uncomfortably situated.
    • situate Placed, with reference to surroundings; located; situated.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The phrase "raining cats and dogs" originated in 17th Century England. During heavy downpours of rain, many of these poor animals unfortunately drowned and their bodies would be seen floating in the rain torrents that raced through the streets. The situation gave the appearance that it had literally rained "cats and dogs" and led to the current expression.
    • adj Situate sit′ū-āt set or permanently fixed: placed with respect to other objects: residing
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  • Jean Paul Richter
    “Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations.”
  • Frederick W. Robertson
    Frederick W. Robertson
    “It is not the situation that makes the man, but the man who makes the situation.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Confidence is the feeling you have before you understand the situation.”
  • Seneca
    “Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands.”
  • Dean Smith
    Dean Smith
    “If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you'll die a lot of times.”
  • Dr. John G. Hibben
    Dr. John G. Hibben
    “Education is the ability to meet life's situations.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. situatus, from situare, to place, fr. L. situs, situation, site. See Site
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. situatus—L. situĕre, to place.


In literature:

The boys huddled a little closer together and nervously discussed the situation.
"Canoe Boys and Campfires" by William Murray Graydon
For here was the most surprising situation of all!
"The Red Cross Girls with the Russian Army" by Margaret Vandercook
The people were promised an election and they accepted the situation agreeably for they had detested the Red government.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
Hamilton was alive to the importance of the April election, but scarcely responsible for the critical character of the situation.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Adsternal: situated next or close to the sternum.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
My father instantly ran towards her, and acquainted her with our situation.
"Perils and Captivity" by Charlotte-Adélaïde [née Picard] Dard
The only feature of her situation that would not improve was her father's aloofness.
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman
This delicate and small grass occurs here and there as mere tufts especially in sheltered situations.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
This was all very well while the caliphate was strong, but when it grew weak the situation altered.
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
Fesch had returned to Corsica, and had long kept his nephew thoroughly informed of the situation.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane

In poetry:

What is it gains fowk invitations,
Throo them at live i' lofty stations?
What is it wins mooast situations?
It's sooap.
"What Is It?" by John Hartley
And Macbeth's Castle is grand to be seen,
Situated on Castle Hill, which is beautiful and green.
'Twas there Macbeth lived in days of old,
And a great tyrant he was, be it told.
"The Heatherblend Club Banquet" by William Topaz McGonagall
What's in all this grand life and high situation,
And nary pink nor hollyhawk a-bloomin' at the door--?
Le's go a-visitin' back to Griggsby's Station--
Back where we ust to be so happy and so pore!
"Griggsby's Station" by James Whitcomb Riley
Lord Melville's Monument is most elegant to be seen,
Which is situated in St. Andrew's Square, amongst shrubberies green,
Which seems most gorgeous to the eye,
Because it is towering so very high.
"Beautiful Edinburgh" by William Topaz McGonagall
As soon as Miss Mouat found she was alone,
Her mind became absorbed about her friends at home;
As her terrible situation presented itself to her mind,
And her native place being quickly left far behind.
"The Wreck of the 'Columbine'" by William Topaz McGonagall
The old town of Leith is situated at the junction of the River of Leith,
Which springs from the land of heather and heath;
And no part in the Empire is growing so rapidly,
Which the inhabitants of Leith are right glad to see.
"The Ancient Town of Leith" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Jimmy Carter discusses African topics, including his efforts to stabilize the situations in Burundi and Rwanda.
Situated directly on Little Sabine Bay, Cabana Inn boasts it s own private beach.
We've reached that point in the election where corporations are trying to capitalize on the situation and increase brand awareness with PR stunts.
Egypt Intel chief tries to ' calm down ' Gaza situation.
I remember very well, that I came home and I was really upset, and it was a date situation.
Violence, language and adult situations.
At left, dancers in Plaza Bolívar, which is situated within the old city.
The situation they have created for themselves is greater than what the landlord can solve.
The building, which is nearly completed, is situated in a residential neighborhood.
Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) is considering taking over the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, according to a senior Democratic official with knowledge of the situation.
Fire crews battle blaze at SWAT situation.
Chamblee-Dunwoody Road near I-285 was closed during a SWAT situation in.
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees continues to make the media rounds and get hit with questions about the Saints' bounty program and his contract situation.
Situated in Fairbanks,but also nicely tucked away in a wooded winter wonderland.
British telecom Vodafone put in an official bid for AT&T Wireless of about $35 billion, the Wall Street Journal Online reported Sunday, citing people close to the situation.

In science:

The present experimental situations are discussed in Ref. and summarized in Table 2.
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
In the paraxial situation, the distribution is concentrated at small angles and the integration in Eq.(5.5) can be taken in infinite limits.
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
The k ’s line with the flux Φk contributes to the total flux as σkΦk where σk = +1 or −1 depending on the orientation, positive or negative, of the area the line is situated in.
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
This is exactly the same situation as in the spin system discussed above.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
If ω is fixed, then E is quantized and that is the standard situation.
Dyon-Oscillator Duality