Occasion meaning

ə-kā'zhən
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.

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To give occasion to; to cause; to produce; to induce; as, to occasion anxiety.

It is seen that the mental changes are occasioned by a change of polarity.

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A reason or excuse; a motive; a persuasion.
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An event or happening, or the time of an event or happening.

On several occasions, we saw him riding a motorcycle.

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An event or happening, or the time of an event or happening.

On several occasions, we saw him riding a motorcycle.

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Need; requirement, necessity. [from 16th c.]
  • Jeremy Taylor.
    After we have served ourselves and our own occasions.
  • Burke.
    When my occasions took me into France.

I have no occasion for firearms.

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A significant event, especially a large or important social gathering.

The reception proved to be quite the occasion.

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A favorable or appropriate time or juncture.

Saw the layoff as an occasion to change careers.

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A significant event, especially a large or important social gathering.

The reception proved to be quite the occasion.

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A special event or function. [from 19th c.]

Having people round for dinner was always quite an occasion at our house.

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Personal requirements or necessities.
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A special time or event, suitable for celebration.
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A favorable or appropriate time or juncture.

Saw the layoff as an occasion to change careers.

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Personal requirements or necessities.
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To provide occasion for; cause.
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A fact, event, or state of affairs that makes something else possible.

A chance meeting was the occasion of the renewal of their friendship.

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A cause or reason.

You have no occasion to be angry.

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Need arising from circumstances.
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To be the occasion of; give occasion to; cause.
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A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance. [from 14th c.]
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The time when something happens.

At this point, she seized the occasion to make her own observation.

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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.

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Something which causes something else; a cause. [from 14th c.]
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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.

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To provide occasion for; cause.
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A favorable time or juncture; opportunity.
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on occasion
  • From time to time; now and then.
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rise to the occasion
  • To find the ability to deal with an unexpected challenge.
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take the occasion
  • To make use of the opportunity (to do something).
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on occasion
  • From time to time; now and then.
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rise to the occasion
  • To find the ability to deal with an unexpected challenge.
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take the occasion
  • To make use of the opportunity (to do something).
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on occasion
  • Once in a while; sometimes; occasionally.
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rise to the occasion
  • To do whatever suddenly becomes necessary; meet an emergency.
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take (the) occasion
  • To use the opportunity (to do something).
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of occasion

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin occāsiō occāsiōn- from occāsus past participle of occidere to fall ob- down ob– cadere to fall kad- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English from Old French from Latin occāsiō occāsiōn- from occāsus past participle of occidere to fall ob- down ob– cadere to fall kad- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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").
    From Wiktionary