What does occasion mean?

Definitions for occasion
əˈkeɪ ʒənoc·ca·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. juncture, occasionnoun

    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 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"

  3. occasionnoun

    reason

    "there was no occasion for complaint"

  4. occasionnoun

    the time of a particular event

    "on the occasion of his 60th birthday"

  5. occasionverb

    an opportunity to do something

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

  6. occasionverb

    give occasion to

Wiktionary

  1. occasionnoun

    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. occasionnoun

    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. occasionnoun

    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. occasionnoun

    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. occasionnoun

    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. occasionnoun

    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. occasionnoun

    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. occasionverb

    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. Occasionnoun

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. occasionner.]

  2. Occasionnoun

    a favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance; convenience

    Etymology: [Cf. F. occasionner.]

  3. Occasionnoun

    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. Occasionnoun

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. occasionner.]

  5. Occasionnoun

    a reason or excuse; a motive; a persuasion

    Etymology: [Cf. F. occasionner.]

  6. Occasionverb

    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

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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. RJ Intindola:

    This expression was created and expanded over numerous years. And possibly it will continue to be expanded. You will notice that the Internet has altered how the expression is written. I Wrote the first two lines in 1974. There are two experiences that you can never get back. First, words after they had been uttered. And second, a stone after it has been thrown. 1974 I added a third experience in 1980 after personal dramatic circumstances in my life. As a result, the expression was changed as written below. There are three experiences that you can never get back. One, words after they have been spoken. Two, a stone after it has been thrown. Three, a moment or after it has passed In January 1984, my father died, and I added a fourth item. which was stated in a different manner to my brother. Later that same year, I added a fifth experience, related to my brother who had cancer. Remember to spend time with those you love. There are five experiences that you can never get back. One, words after they have been spoken. Two, a stone after it has been thrown. Three, a moment or occasion after it has passed. Four, a person after they have passed. Five, time once it has passed. The final two experiences were added twelve years later in 1996. They are rarely included in the various depictions I have seen on the Internet. The only logic I can conclude for their lack of inclusion, is that I stopped posting to inspirational and poetic websites for several years.. Thus, the final or I should say current construction is noted below. There are seven things you can never get back. 1. Words after they have been spoken. 2. A stone after it has been thrown. 3. A moment or occasion after it has passed. 4. A person after they have passed. 5. Time once it has passed. 6. Betrayal after it has transpired. 7. A lie after it has been spoken. RJ Intindola ―

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

    Courage mounteth with occasion.

  3. William Shakespeare, "The Merry Wives of Windsor", Act 1 scene 1:

    If there be no great love in the beginning, yet heaven may decrease it upon better acquaintance, when we are married and have more occasion to know one another: I hope, upon familiarity will grow more contempt.

  4. Sir Walter Raleigh:

    All men are evil and will declare themselves to be so when occasion is offered.

  5. Christopher Paolini, Author of Eragon and Eldest. Quotes came from Eragon.:

    I'll fight when needed, revel when there's an occasion, mourn when there is grief, and die if my time comes… but I won't let anyone use me against my will.

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