an event that occurs at a critical time
"at such junctures he always had an impulse to leave"; "it was needed only on special occasions"
affair, occasion, social occasion, function, social function(noun)
a vaguely specified social event
"the party was quite an affair"; "an occasion arranged to honor the president"; "a seemingly endless round of social functions"
"there was no occasion for complaint"
the time of a particular event
"on the occasion of his 60th birthday"
an opportunity to do something
"there was never an occasion for her to demonstrate her skill"
give occasion to
A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance.
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.
I had no occasion to feel offended, however.
Something which causes something else; a cause.
An occurrence or incident.
A particular happening; an instance or time when something occurred.
I could think of two separate occasions when she had deliberately lied to me.
Need; requirement, necessity.
A special event or function.
Having people round for dinner was always quite an occasion at our house.
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
Origin: From ocasion, from occasionem (accusative of occasio), noun of action from perfect passive participle occasus, from verb occado, from prefix ob- + verb cado.
a falling out, happening, or coming to pass; hence, that which falls out or happens; occurrence; incident
a favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance; convenience
an occurrence or condition of affairs which brings with it some unlooked-for event; that which incidentally brings to pass an event, without being its efficient cause or sufficient reason; accidental or incidental cause
need; exigency; requirement; necessity; as, I have no occasion for firearms
a reason or excuse; a motive; a persuasion
to give occasion to; to cause; to produce; to induce; as, to occasion anxiety
Origin: [Cf. F. occasionner.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
o-kā′zhun, n. a case of something happening: a special time or season: a chance of bringing about something desired: an event which, although not the cause, determines the time at which another happens: a reason or excuse: opportunity: requirement, business: a special ceremony.—v.t. to cause indirectly: to influence.—adj. Occā′sional, falling in the way or happening: occurring only at times: resulting from accident: produced on some special event.—ns. Occā′sionalism, the philosophical system of the Cartesian school for explaining the action of mind upon matter, or the combined action of both by the direct intervention of God, who on the occasion of certain modifications in our minds, excites the corresponding movements of body, and on the occasion of certain changes in our body, awakens the corresponding feelings in the mind; Occā′sionalist; Occasional′ity.—adv. Occā′sionally.—n. Occā′sioner.—On occasion, in case of need: as opportunity offers, from time to time; Take occasion, to take advantage of an opportunity. [Fr.,—L. occasion-em—occidĕre—ob, in the way of, cadĕre, casum, to fall.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'occasion' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1980
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'occasion' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2423
Rank popularity for the word 'occasion' in Nouns Frequency: #504
The numerical value of occasion in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of occasion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I drink when I have occasion, and sometimes when I have no occasion.
To dream on occasion is not dreaming; to love on occasion is not love.
We have asked a lot of you but you rose to the occasion and indeed proved that real and substantive justice is a reality.
So many of my clients are true romantics that come to this town celebrating a special occasion: an engagement, anniversary or birthday.
Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
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Translations for occasion
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- فرصة, مناسبةArabic
- zapříčinit, příležitostCzech
- behov, begivenhed, grund, foranledige, anledning, forårsage, lejlighedDanish
- Gelegenheit, AnlassGerman
- abagune, aukeraBasque
- tilaisuus, syy, sattumus, tarve, tapahtuma, aiheFinnish
- adhbharaichScottish Gaelic
- avstedkomme, forårsakeNorwegian
- voorval, behoefte, gebeurtenis, veroorzaken, aanleiding, gelegenheid, noodzaakDutch
- situație, ocazie, favorabilă, hazard, întâmplareRomanian
- раз, случай, событие, возможность, поводRussian
- skäl, tillfällighet, behov, tillfälle, händelseSwedish
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