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. Scott Rice:

    I’m equally shocked and dismayed by this event that mocks such a cherished and honorable occasion, this action goes against our very foundation.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Life is never static, and that's what I Think is the most beautiful aspect of Life. Life is beautiful because it is dynamic; because of her ups and downs, twists and bends, and ebbs and flows in general. Nothing is permanent ever, and only constant is the constant change. 'Even this shall pass!' is the mantra, and also a constant reminder for us, on every occasion when we feel very excited with life's flows, and during the darkest moments when we feel down and out with life's ebbs. The successes, disappointments, friendships, betrayals, helplessness, happiness and loneliness etc, all these will pass away, as the life moves on. So enjoy today, especially this moment and the power of 'Now.' Cheers!

  3. Thomas Jefferson:

    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.

  4. Mark McGwire:

    I remember trying steroids very briefly in the 1989/1990 offseason and then after I was injured in 1993, I used steroids again, i used them on occasion throughout the ‘90s, including during the 1998 season.

  5. Jessica Cummiskey:

    There was more than one occasion where James Holmes pupils were completely blown out. It was shocking, stunning.

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