Definitions for circumstances

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fortune, destiny, fate, luck, lot, circumstances, portion(noun)

    your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)

    "whatever my fortune may be"; "deserved a better fate"; "has a happy lot"; "the luck of the Irish"; "a victim of circumstances"; "success that was her portion"

  2. circumstances(noun)

    a person's financial situation (good or bad)

    "he found himself in straitened circumstances"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. circumstances(noun)ˈɝkəmstˌænsəz

    the facts of a situation

    He died in difficult/mysterious circumstances.; The theater is closed due to unforeseen circumstances.

  2. circumstancesˈɝkəmstˌænsəz

    indicates a situation is difficult

    Nobody expects her to come under the circumstances.

  3. circumstancesˈɝkəmstˌænsəz

    emphasizes that sth must not happen

    Under no circumstances is talking allowed during the exam.

  4. circumstancesˈɝkəmstˌænsəz

    sb's financial situation

    Inform us if your circumstances change.


  1. Circumstances

    "Circumstances" is the second track on progressive rock band Rush's 1978 album Hemispheres. Lyrically, it is an autobiographical account, written by Peart, about the time he spent living in England, and his eventual disillusionment with his then-current occupations. Musically, it's a hard-hitting rock song, complete with power-chords and riffs, similar to much of their early 70s albums. It also features a keyboard break, near the middle of the song, similar to the one in "The Trees," supplied by Geddy Lee's Oberheim 8-voice Polyphonic Synthesizer, backed by Taurus pedals, Neil Peart's orchestral bells and a simple, soft chord progression by Alex Lifeson, before breaking back into the song's hard rock feel. It was only played a handful of times in concert, on the Tour of the Hemispheres from late 1978 to early 1979, before the 2007 Snakes & Arrows Tour when it was played every night in the first set of the band's 3 hour live show.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'circumstances' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #950

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'circumstances' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1404


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