What does occasion mean?

Definitions for occasionəˈkeɪ ʒən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word occasion.

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.]

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.]

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


  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

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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