occasion[ə kā′z̸hən, ō-]
- 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 little girl celebrates the occasion of her 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)