1 Often, circumstances. situation, condition(s), state (of affairs); status, station, resources, income, finances:
In the circumstances, all leave is cancelled. Each person will be helped according to the individual circumstance.
2 event, incident, episode, occurrence, affair, happening, occasion:
Any unforeseen circumstance could set off a shooting war.
1 (usually circumstances) facts/events that affect sth
The scheme might work better with more favourable circumstances.
| adverse, difficult, tragic, trying, unfavourable
people facing adverse circumstances He died in tragic circumstances.
In normal circumstances I would let you use my car, but today I need it.
| exceptional, special, unusual
Only if the circumstances are exceptional will we accept late applications.
| mysterious, suspicious
She died in rather suspicious circumstances.
| extenuating, mitigating
His sentence was reduced because of the extenuating circumstances.
| changed, changing, different | unavoidable, unforeseen | economic, financial, political, social
life in the changing economic circumstances of China
an unfortunate set of circumstances that made her life difficult
CIRCUMSTANCE + VERB
change | conspire, dictate sth
I felt that circumstances were conspiring against me. Circumstances dictate that I should leave this town forever.
according to ~
The amount paid will vary according to circumstances.
| due to … ~s
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to reschedule the concert.
| in … ~s
She died in suspicious circumstances.
| in/under the ~s
In the circumstances, you'd better ring the police.
| ~ surrounding
The bank will investigate the circumstances surrounding the robbery.
by/through force of circumstance
The survivors ate plants and insects through force of circumstance.
| circumstances beyond our control
The delays were due to circumstances beyond our control.
| a combination of circumstances
We lost our position in the market due to a combination of circumstances.
| in/under no circumstances
Under no circumstances should you leave the door unlocked.
| a victim of circumstance
He was simply a victim of circumstance.
2 circumstances: amount of money you have
desperate, reduced, straitened | domestic, family, personal
CIRCUMSTANCE + VERB
improve | worsen
in … ~
He was a writer living in straitened circumstances.
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