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[uh-key-zhuh-nl-ee] /əˈkeɪ ʒə nl i/
at times; from time to time; now and then.
Origin of occasionally
1615-25; occasional + -ly Unabridged
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  • But occasionally amphibian development takes an odd turn.
  • After all, there has to be a population of animals which would be leaving tracks, scat and occasionally bodies.
  • occasionally, one would lift off the bottom, grab an insect off the surface and drop back to its chosen holding spot.
  • Though they occasionally spar with crocodiles, a growing number of skirmishes are with humans.
  • Two weeks later, he somersaulted and backflipped his way across, occasionally pausing to dangle from the cable by one hand.
  • Plant in full sun, and water deeply only occasionally once established.
  • Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp and brown.
  • occasionally, certain medications such as lithium or aminoglutethimide can cause a nontoxic goiter.
  • Even in this occasionally stilted early film, the director's bemused intelligence comes through.
  • Later, people occasionally scooped invisible objects from the floor, as if playing a game of jacks while they danced.
British Dictionary definitions for occasionally


from time to time
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Word Origin and History for occasionally

c.1400, "happening on some particular occasion," also "sometimes, happening as occasion presents itself, without regularity," from occasional + -ly (2).

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