Definitions for occasionəˈkeɪ ʒən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. juncture, occasion(noun)

    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"

  2. 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"

  3. occasion(noun)


    "there was no occasion for complaint"

  4. occasion(noun)

    the time of a particular event

    "on the occasion of his 60th birthday"

  5. occasion(verb)

    an opportunity to do something

    "there was never an occasion for her to demonstrate her skill"

  6. occasion(verb)

    give occasion to


  1. occasion(Noun)

    A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance.

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

  2. occasion(Noun)

    An occurrence or state of affairs which causes some event or reaction; a motive or reason.

    I had no occasion to feel offended, however.

  3. occasion(Noun)

    Something which causes something else; a cause.

  4. occasion(Noun)

    An occurrence or incident.

  5. occasion(Noun)

    A particular happening; an instance or time when something occurred.

    I could think of two separate occasions when she had deliberately lied to me.

  6. occasion(Noun)

    Need; requirement, necessity.

  7. occasion(Noun)

    A special event or function.

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

  8. occasion(Verb)

    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

  9. Origin: From ocasion, from occasionem (accusative of occasio), noun of action from perfect passive participle occasus, from verb occado, from prefix ob- + verb cado.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Occasion(noun)

    a falling out, happening, or coming to pass; hence, that which falls out or happens; occurrence; incident

  2. Occasion(noun)

    a favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance; convenience

  3. Occasion(noun)

    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

  4. Occasion(noun)

    need; exigency; requirement; necessity; as, I have no occasion for firearms

  5. Occasion(noun)

    a reason or excuse; a motive; a persuasion

  6. Occasion(verb)

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

  7. Origin: [Cf. F. occasionner.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'occasion' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1980

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'occasion' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2423

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'occasion' in Nouns Frequency: #504

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William Shakespeare, King John, II.i:

    Courage mounteth with occasion.

  2. Beatrice Hahn:

    Hence, on this occasion, humans got lucky.

  3. Beatrice Hahn:

    Hence, on this occasion, humans got lucky.

  4. From The Last Goon Show of All:

    Contraceptives should be used on every conceivable occasion.

  5. Hillary Clinton:

    I trust her with my life, and have on more than one occasion.

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