Definitions for occasion
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word occasion.
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 functionnoun
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
Etymology: From ocasion, from occasionem (accusative of occasio), noun of action from perfect passive participle occasus, from verb occado, from prefix ob- + verb cado.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: occasion, Fr. occasio, Lat.
The laws of Christ we find rather mentioned by occasion in the writings of the Apostles, than any solemn thing directly written to comprehend them in legal sort. Richard Hooker.
Unweeting, and unware of such mishap,
She brought to mischief through occasion,
Where this same wicked villain did me light upon. Fa. Q.
That woman that cannot make her fault her husband’s occasion, let her never nurse her child herself, for she will breed it like a fool. William Shakespeare, As you like it.
Because of the money returned in our sacks are we brought in, that he may seek occasion, fall upon us, and take us for bondmen. Gen. xliii. 18.
Use not liberty for an occasion. Gal. v. 13.
Let me not let pass
Occasion which now smiles. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. ix.
I’ll take th’ occasion which he gives to bring
Him to his death. Edmund Waller.
With a mind as great as theirs he came
To find at home occasion for his fame,
Where dark confusions did the nations hide. Edmund Waller.
From this admonition they took only occasion to redouble their fault, and to sleep again. South.
This one has occasion of observing more than once in several fragments of antiquity, that are still to be seen in Rome. Joseph Addison, on Italy.
Have you ever heard what was the occasion and first beginning of this custom? Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.
The fair for whom they strove,
Nor thought, when she beheld the fight from far,
Her beauty was th’ occasion of the war. Dryden.
Your own business calls on you,
And you embrace th’ occasion to depart. William Shakespeare.
Concerning ideas lodged in the memory, and upon occasion revived by the mind, it takes notice of them as of a former impression. John Locke.
Never master had
A page so kind, so duteous, diligent,
So tender over his occasions. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.
Antony will use his affection where it is:
He married but his occasion here. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleop.
My occasions have found time to use them toward a supply of money. William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens.
They who are desirous of a name in painting, should read with diligence, and make their observations of such things as they find for their purpose, and of which they may have occasion. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.
Syllogism is made use of on occasion to discover a fallacy hid in a rhetorical flourish. John Locke.
The ancient canons were very well fitted for the occasions of the church in its purer ages. Thomas Baker, on Learning.
God hath put us into an imperfect state, where we have perpetual occasion of each other’s assistance. Jonathan Swift.
A prudent chief not always must display
His pow’rs in equal ranks, and fair array,
But with th’ occasion and the place comply,
Conceal his force, nay, seem sometimes to fly. Alexander Pope.
Etymology: occasionner, Fr. from the noun.
Who can find it reasonable that the soul should, in its retirement, during sleep, never light on any of those ideas it borrowed not from sensation, preserve the memory of no ideas but such, which being occasioned from the body, must needs be less natural to a spirit? John Locke.
The good Psalmist condemns the foolish thoughts, which a reflection on the prosperous state of his affairs had sometimes occasioned in him. Francis Atterbury.
I doubt not, whether the great encrease of that disease may not have been occasioned by the custom of much wine introduced into our common tables. William Temple.
By its styptic quality it affects the nerves, very often occasioning tremors. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.
If we enquire what it is that occasions men to make several combinations of simple ideas into distinct modes, and neglect others which have as much an aptness to be combined, we shall find the reason to be the end of language. John Locke.
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
Etymology: [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.]
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
(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.”
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
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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
In all the years I did the Queen's Birthday Parade, it was Her Majesty the Queen there. To not have Her Majesty arriving was poignant and the fact that she went out onto the balcony was lovely, i thought in my heart, how many more times am I going to see Her Majesty like that? It was quite sad for a lot of reasons. I know the Platinum Jubilee is meant to be a wonderful occasion and something to mark 70 years, but it was tinged with sadness for me.
I've got to be honest: It's not anything I'd reach for, at any occasion, but clearly I'm not in the mainstream.
We have said on more than one occasion, we are willing to cooperate with anyone who can balance the market.
On rare occasion we are granted the gift of seeing how far we have come; just how much we have healed and how really free we are. Never again will we underestimate our ability to rise.
All histories do show, and wise politicians do hold it necessary that, for the well-governing of every Commonweal, it behoveth man to presuppose that all men are evil, and will declare themselves so to be when occasion is offered.
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- فرصة, مناسبةArabic
- zapříčinit, příležitostCzech
- behov, foranledige, grund, begivenhed, anledning, forårsage, lejlighedDanish
- Gelegenheit, AnlassGerman
- abagune, aukeraBasque
- aihe, tapahtuma, sattumus, tarve, tilaisuus, syyFinnish
- adhbharaichScottish Gaelic
- forårsake, avstedkommeNorwegian
- noodzaak, behoefte, gelegenheid, aanleiding, veroorzaken, gebeurtenis, voorvalDutch
- hazard, favorabilă, ocazie, situație, întâmplareRomanian
- событие, повод, возможность, раз, случайRussian
- händelse, tillfälle, behov, tillfällighet, skälSwedish
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