Definition of 'occasion'


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1. An event or happening, or the time of an event or happening.

2. A need created by a particular circumstance.

3. A significant event, especially a large or important social gathering.

4. A favorable or appropriate time or juncture: synonym: opportunity.

5. Archaic Personal requirements or necessities.

6. A cause of or reason for something: synonym: cause.

7. occasionally; from time to time; now and then.

8. A reason or excuse; a motive; a persuasion.

9. 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.

10. A falling out, happening, or coming to pass; hence, that which falls out or happens; occurrence; incident; event.

11. Need; exigency; requirement; necessity.

12. A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance; convenience.

13. reason

14. a vaguely specified social event

15. an event that occurs at a critical time

16. an opportunity to do something

17. the time of a particular event

18. Business; affair: chiefly in the plural.

19. A consideration; a reason for action, not necessarily an event that has just occurred.

20. In negative phrases.

21. In the abstract, convenience; opportunity: not referring to a particular act.

22. Chance; occurrence; incident.

23. A special occurrence or happening; a particular time or season, especially one marked by some particular occurrence or juncture of circumstances; instance; time; season.

24. An event which affords a person a reason or motive for doing something or seeking something to be done at a particular time, whether he desires it should be done or not; hence, an opportunity for bringing about a desired result; also, a need; an exigency.

25. Used absolutely, though referring to a particular action.

26. A high event; a special ceremony or celebration; a function.

27. plural Necessities of nature.

28. An occurrence; an event; an incident; a happening.

29. Synonyms and Opportunity, Occasion. See opportunity.2, 3, and Occurrence, etc. (see exigency), conjuncture, necessity.

30. An incident cause, or cause determining the particular time when an event shall occur that is sure to be brought about sooner or later by other causes. The idea seems to be vague.

31. An event, or series of events, which lead to a given result, but are not of such a nature as generally to produce such results: sometimes used loosely for an efficient cause in general, as in the example from Merlin.

32. Causal action; agency. See def. 4.

33. An accidental cause.

34. Need; necessity: in the abstract.

35. transitive To give occasion to; to cause; to produce; to induce; as, to occasion anxiety.

36. give occasion to

37. To provide occasion for; cause.

38. To give occasion to; to cause; to produce; to induce.

39. (take the occasion) To make use of the opportunity (to do something).

40. (on occasion) From time to time; now and then.

41. (rise to the occasion) To find the ability to deal with an unexpected challenge.


1. Three glass chandeliers hung over a table which had been shortened to fifteen feet for this, more intimate, occasion.

2. Dalziel drove his troops mercilessly when the occasion demanded, but he took his own bumps and rarely passed them on to his underlings.

3. He seemed less genial than normal, but I told myself it was probably the occasion and maybe the Morris guy.

4. Here in the United States, the occasion is a timely reminder of the importance of home in our cities and in our communities.

5. For once in your life can't you keep your whining at home and think of others and what the occasion is about?

6. On the other hand, if the occasion is a job interview, then perhaps the dreaded pants-suit should be stomached.

7. In Daphne the occasion is a festival in honor of Dionysus and as is typically the case, the chorus and dancers cavort around in Looney Tunes-inspired fashion for several minutes.

8. And heck yeah, if the occasion is an excuse for good food, I'm happy!

9. ‘Holidays and other special occasions are marked with singing and dancing.’

10. ‘Theresa is already working on big celebrations to mark the special occasion in the history of the prominent Association.’

11. ‘Ceremonies marking many official occasions are held in the country's churches.’

12. ‘There had been only one previous occasion when I actually had to appear in court.’

13. ‘Rovers boast an excellent record in the competition having reached the final on two previous occasions in recent years.’

14. ‘Here BBC Sport recalls the five previous occasions when the ultimate prize in European rugby has been on the line.’

15. ‘Actually, I could only remember one other occasion, months and months ago.’

16. ‘The accused testified and offered excuses in relation to her failure to comply on several other occasions during this period.’

17. ‘The meal followed and it proved to be a most enjoyable social occasion.’

18. ‘In 1979 Jimmy Carter used the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the lunar landing to push his energy program.’

19. ‘Holland has won the title five times while Pakistan emerged victorious on three occasions.’

20. ‘We took a while to find the right direction on two or three occasions.’

21. ‘On at least three difference occasions, Neil accepted the hospitality of his hosts.’

22. ‘His swimming marathon last summer was on the occasion of his 40th birthday.’

23. ‘Already, the industry has found sales touching the expected figures on four occasions.’

24. ‘On all four occasions, patients were transferred to other hospitals in the city.’

25. ‘Were the written words used by the defendant on an occasion of qualified privilege?’

26. ‘Not everything said or written on an occasion of qualified privilege is protected.’

27. ‘The trial of Mr Daly had been adjourned on a number of occasions in the past.’

28. ‘You have been before the courts on many occasions over the years.’

29. ‘The name-giving ceremony is a formal occasion celebrated by feasting and drinking.’

30. ‘Mass will be celebrated to mark the occasion and the dinner and party will be held in the Anglers Rest Hotel in Headford.’

31. ‘In 1974 he was invited to address the US Congress on the occasion of the celebrations marking the American bicentennial.’

32. ‘Some cultures decorate to celebrate a festive occasion, others to mark membership in a group or tribe.’

33. ‘The ceremony was an occasion for considerable celebration, but Margaret was never crowned queen.’

34. ‘Her family and friends, along with staff at St. Joseph's, had a right old party bash celebrating the occasion.’

35. ‘They marked the occasion with a celebration with family and neighbours.’

36. ‘Last week there were celebrations to mark the occasion with Mass being celebrated by the new Bishop of Galway.’

37. ‘Nobody is going to have that many special occasions in their life.’

38. ‘Another center of Shan life is the Buddhist monastery, where many occasions are celebrated.’

39. ‘They gave me a crystal wine glass to celebrate the momentous occasion.’

40. ‘To celebrate this momentous occasion, have all your neighbors get together for a good old fashioned barbeque.’

41. ‘He did this on several festive, campy occasions.’

42. ‘She was crowned at the end of a gala occasion on Sunday night.’

43. ‘Today, on the occasion of his 70th birthday, we wish him well.’

44. ‘The recent parish outing and day trip to West Mayo proved a very enjoyable occasion.’

45. ‘Weddings are important and costly occasions for celebration in both the Portuguese and Chinese communities.’

46. ‘The greatest occasion for celebration in a Kurd's life is marriage.’

47. ‘Patel admitted he had initially been overawed by the occasion.’

48. ‘The entire set, costumes and props will also be flown to New York for the gala occasion.’

49. ‘Opportunity refers to the occasion suitable for or conducive to the behavior, including such factors as geography and time.’

50. ‘The occasion arose through the trip of the old people to Poppleton, given by Captain Grace, on the ‘River King’ a few weeks before.’

51. ‘Ms. Ayotte said she was prepared to issue a formal opinion to that effect if the occasion arose.’

52. ‘Thankfully, they are all still fit and well and could still turn on the style if the occasion arose.’

53. ‘I promised myself that I'd tell Karl as soon as the occasion arose.’

54. ‘Instead of passing the ball off every time, he took shots around the arch when the occasion arose.’

55. ‘Raf was a great playmate to have around and could be serious when the occasion arose.’

56. ‘Whenever the occasion arose to work in a different area or learn new skills, I welcomed it.’

57. ‘I reckon that birthdays are more suitable occasions for resolutions than New Year.’

58. ‘Having some occasions or opportunities to do so is always rewarding and inspiring.’

59. ‘The special occasion gave guests the opportunity to meet the director, singers and dancers of the world renown opera.’

60. ‘The occasion afforded staff the opportunity of paying tribute to a long-standing member of staff.’

61. ‘I struggle to recall those rare occasions when it has been invoked against a non-Arab state.’

62. ‘The Assembly used this rare occasion to chat about everything and nothing and just enjoy the time they spent together.’

63. ‘The controversy provided a rare occasion for agreement between the ruling right and opposition left.’

64. ‘At once, occasion arose for versions of reality to compete for public credibility.’

65. ‘Each situation is different, and must be assessed individually when the occasion arises.’

66. ‘The Bodhisattva can be represented as both male and female as need and occasion demand.’

67. ‘We addicts can always come up with suitable justifications when the occasion demands.’

68. ‘Actually, there is no special occasion or reason to buy the stuff.’

69. ‘There may be occasion at work and reason at home, for you to lose your cool or balance but that's not helpful so avoid extremes of any kind.’

70. ‘For the first thirty years of my academic career, I had no occasion and no reason to worry about sports.’

71. ‘About this time last year I had occasion to complain about the non-collection of my refuse bin.’

72. ‘I think you are somewhat reserved, but my daughter does not seem to mind your taciturnity, so I suppose I have no occasion to complain.’

73. ‘Our certainty, whether grounded in reason or miraculous signs, affords no occasion to trust.’

74. ‘I often have occasion to be reminded of the man who, as executive deputy mayor, was the face and the voice of Buffalo City.’

75. ‘Much sadness was occasioned by the sudden death of well known Claremorris chemist Sean O'Brien at the weekend.’

76. ‘Patrick was a popular and esteemed member of the local rural community and much sadness was occasioned by his death.’

77. ‘These rites control the pollution occasioned by death, and also usher the soul from one life to another.’

78. ‘His death occasioned an outpouring of condolences, mourning, and reflection.’

79. ‘Much sadness was occasioned around the area by the news of her sudden death.’

80. ‘Last year, the lights were not removed until March, occasioning embarrassment for both the Chamber and the Council.’

81. ‘But all in all, what with the weather and a degree of jadedness occasioned by a bit of sleep disturbance, it's not been a thrilling day.’

82. ‘My examination of terms such as fraught and wrought has occasioned controversy.’

83. ‘The jury took two hours to convict him of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.’

84. ‘In principle any losses occasioned thereby are recoverable however they may be characterised.’

85. ‘After a long delay occasioned by France, the treaty entered into force in 1985.’

86. ‘The loss occasioned by cancellation of hotel bookings and other expenses runs into the billions of shillings.’

87. ‘His death shortly afterwards occasioned louder public grief than that of Louis XV four years earlier.’

88. ‘His passing occasioned deep grief in his native Ballinrobe where he was deservedly held in very high regard.’

89. ‘In addition, she received an apology for any injustice occasioned to her.’

90. ‘Do you have to show that the error is one which occasions an injustice to your client?’

91. ‘The injustices occasioned by these institutions should, however, be confronted as an aspect of spiritual practice.’

92. ‘The father was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, but was acquitted.’

93. ‘Johnston has been charged with malicious wounding and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.’

94. an occasion arranged to honor the president

Other users have misspelling occasion as:

1. occassion 17.52%

2. occation 8.6%

3. ocassion 4.78%

4. ocasion 4.46%

5. ocation 2.87%

6. occasio 2.07%

7. occasi 1.27%

8. Other 58.43%

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