What does occasion mean?

Definitions for occasion
əˈkeɪ ʒənoc·ca·sion

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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)

    reason

    "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

Wiktionary

  1. occasion(Noun)

    A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance.

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

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

  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.

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

  3. occasion(Noun)

    Something which causes something else; a cause.

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

  4. occasion(Noun)

    An occurrence or incident.

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

  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.

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

  6. occasion(Noun)

    Need; requirement, necessity.

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

  7. occasion(Noun)

    A special event or function.

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

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

  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

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. occasionner.]

  2. Occasion(noun)

    a favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance; convenience

    Etymology: [Cf. F. occasionner.]

  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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. occasionner.]

  4. Occasion(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. occasionner.]

  5. Occasion(noun)

    a reason or excuse; a motive; a persuasion

    Etymology: [Cf. F. occasionner.]

  6. Occasion(verb)

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. occasionner.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Occasion

    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-emoccidĕreob, in the way of, cadĕre, casum, to fall.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. occasion

    (Fr.). Has the same signification in military matters that affair bears among the French. Une occasion bien chaude, a warm contest, battle, or engagement; it further means, as with us, the source from whence consequences ensue. Les malheurs du peuple sont arrivés à l’occasion de la guerre, “the misfortunes of the people have been occasioned by the war,” or “the war has been the occasion of the people’s misfortunes.” The French make a nice distinction which may hold good in our language, between cause and occasion, viz.: Il n’en est pas la cause,—il n’en est que l’occasion, l’occasion innocente,—“He is not the cause, he is only the occasion, the innocent occasion of it.”

Editors Contribution

  1. occasion

    A moment of time or opportunity.

    They did have an occasion to wear their new clothes again and they were delighted.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 3, 2020  

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

How to pronounce occasion?

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How to say occasion in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of occasion in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of occasion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of occasion in a Sentence

  1. Felix Klein:

    I call on all citizens of Berlin and across Germany to wear the yarmulke( as the skullcap is known in Yiddish) next Saturday if there are new, intolerable attacks targeting Israel and Jews on the occasion of Al-Quds Day in Berlin, by doing this we can show a great sign of solidarity with the Jewish community and make a statement for the freedom of religion and the diversity of our society.

  2. Eddie Hearn:

    This is such a huge occasion for boxing, an iconic moment, with the response that we've seen, mainly good and some negative, I guarantee you with curiosity the whole world will be watching this fight.

  3. Alan Lukens:

    It was a terrible shock, but we will never forget your excitement as you hugged us and brought out a hand-sewn American flag you hid for the occasion, the Nazis could not crush your spirit.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    I aime ce conseil brève et très perspicace, par le Dr. Seuss, à propos de tout ce qui arrive dans la vie: 'Ne pleure pas parce qu'il est fini, le sourire, car il est arrivé.' Les choses changent. Saisons changent. Les modes changent. Les gens changent. Tout passe. Portes familiers proximité et de nouvelles portes ouvertes. Occasion frappe et le cercle de la vie continue. La vie continue. Ainsi la beauté et l'essence de la vie peuvent être résumées, à mon humble avis, en deux mots de la vie continue! oui, ne vous inquiétez pas, soyez heureux, et être en phase avec les flux et reflux de la vie. La vie continue. Faire un bon!

  5. Asbel Kiprop:

    I can't remember somebody possibly injecting me unknowingly, to the best of my knowledge, there has never been an occasion where I have either been deeply asleep or have been unconscious to a point where somebody could have injected me without my knowledge.

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