occasion[ə kā′z̸hən, ō-]
A little girl celebrates the occasion of her birthday.
- Occasion is a special event or a specific time when something is possible or when something will happen.
An example of an occasion is a birthday.
- a favorable time or juncture; opportunity
- a fact, event, or state of affairs that makes something else possible: a chance meeting was the occasion of the renewal of their friendship
- a cause or reason: you have no occasion to be angry
- a happening; occurrence
- the time at which something happens; particular time: on the occasion of our last meeting
- a special time or event, suitable for celebration
- need arising from circumstances
- Obsolete needs; requirements
- Archaic affairs; business
Origin of occasionMiddle English occasioun ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin occasio, accidental opportunity, fit time ; from occasus, past participle of occidere, to fall ; from ob- (see ob-) + cadere, to fall: see case
rise to the occasion
take (the) occasion
- An event or happening, or the time of an event or happening: On several occasions, we saw him riding a motorcycle.
- A significant event, especially a large or important social gathering: The reception proved to be quite the occasion.
- A favorable or appropriate time or juncture: saw the layoff as an occasion to change careers. See Synonyms at opportunity.
- a. A cause of or reason for something: a trade disagreement that furnished the occasion for war. See Synonyms at cause.b. A need created by a particular circumstance: “He must buy what he has little occasion for” (Laurence Sterne).
- occasions Archaic Personal requirements or necessities.
transitive verboc·ca·sioned, oc·ca·sion·ing, oc·ca·sions
Origin of occasionMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin occāsiō, occāsiōn-, from occāsus, past participle of occidere, to fall : ob-, down; see ob– + cadere, to fall; see kad- in Indo-European roots.
- A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance. [from 14th c.]
- The time when something happens.
- At this point, she seized the occasion to make her own observation.
- An occurrence or state of affairs which causes some event or reaction; a motive or reason. [from 14th c.]
- I had no occasion to feel offended, however.
- Something which causes something else; a cause. [from 14th c.]
- A particular happening; an instance or time when something occurred. [from 15th c.]
- I could think of two separate occasions when she had deliberately lied to me.
- Need; requirement, necessity. [from 16th c.]
- I have no occasion for firearms.
- Jeremy Taylor
- after we have served ourselves and our own occasions
- when my occasions took me into France
- A special event or function. [from 19th c.]
- Having people round for dinner was always quite an occasion at our house.
- A reason or excuse; a motive; a persuasion.
(third-person singular simple present occasions, present participle occasioning, simple past and past participle occasioned)
From Old French ocasion, from Latin occasionem (accusative of occasio), noun of action from perfect passive participle occasus, from verb occido, from prefix ob- (“down", "away") + verb cado (“fall").