Occasion Definition

ə-kāzhən
occasioned, occasions
noun
occasions
A significant event, especially a large or important social gathering.
The reception proved to be quite the occasion.
American Heritage
A favorable time or juncture; opportunity.
Webster's New World
A fact, event, or state of affairs that makes something else possible.
A chance meeting was the occasion of the renewal of their friendship.
Webster's New World
A happening; occurrence.
Webster's New World
A cause or reason.
You have no occasion to be angry.
Webster's New World
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verb
occasioned, occasions
To be the occasion of; give occasion to; cause.
Webster's New World
To provide occasion for; cause.
American Heritage
idiom
on occasion
  • From time to time; now and then.
American Heritage
rise to the occasion
  • To find the ability to deal with an unexpected challenge.
American Heritage
take the occasion
  • To make use of the opportunity (to do something).
American Heritage
on occasion
  • From time to time; now and then.
American Heritage
rise to the occasion
  • To find the ability to deal with an unexpected challenge.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Occasion

Noun

Singular:
occasion
Plural:
occasions

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Occasion

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

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