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occasion

[uh-key-zhuh n] /əˈkeɪ ʒən/
noun
1.
a particular time, especially as marked by certain circumstances or occurrences:
They met on three occasions.
2.
a special or important time, event, ceremony, celebration, etc.:
His birthday will be quite an occasion.
3.
a convenient or favorable time, opportunity, or juncture:
This slack period would be a good occasion to take inventory.
4.
the immediate or incidental cause or reason for some action or result:
What is the occasion for this uproar?
5.
(in the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead) the coincidence of the eternal objects forming a specific point-event.
6.
occasions, Obsolete.
  1. needs or necessities.
  2. necessary business matters:
    to go about one's lawful occasions.
verb (used with object)
7.
to give occasion or cause for; bring about.
Idioms
8.
on occasion, now and then; from time to time; occasionally:
She visits New York on occasion.
Origin of occasion
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English occasioun < Old French occasion < Latin occāsiōn- (stem of occāsiō), equivalent to oc- oc- + cās(us) (past participle of cadere to fall, befall) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
preoccasioned, adjective
Synonyms
3. chance, opening. 4. motive, inducement, influence. See cause. 7. motivate, originate, produce, create.
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  • As this also occurs in early autumn, I suppose it to be occasioned by the decay of some of the leaves.

    Wood and Garden Gertrude Jekyll
  • Unimportant as this may seem now, it then occasioned intense excitement.

  • This occasioned a loss of much time, waiting for the horse to come over for each one, which he did as regularly as a man would.

  • My depression of yesterday was occasioned by the receipt of letters from England.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • Their entertainer always accompanied them to take the stirrup-cup, which often occasioned a long and late revel.

    Waverley Sir Walter Scott
  • Many a sad heart it has caused, and many a sick stomach has it occasioned!

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • Sometimes I used to wonder at it, and search my mind to find out what occasioned it: but I never could.

    Going To Maynooth William Carleton
  • He had also learned something of the paralytic seizure which the disaster had occasioned.

British Dictionary definitions for occasioned

occasion

/əˈkeɪʒən/
noun
1.
(sometimes foll by of) the time of a particular happening or event
2.
(sometimes foll by for) a reason or cause (to do or be something); grounds: there was no occasion to complain
3.
an opportunity (to do something); chance
4.
a special event, time, or celebration: the party was quite an occasion
5.
on occasion, every so often
6.
rise to the occasion, to have the courage, wit, etc, to meet the special demands of a situation
7.
take occasion, to avail oneself of an opportunity (to do something)
verb
8.
(transitive) to bring about, esp incidentally or by chance
See also occasions
Word Origin
C14: from Latin occāsiō a falling down, from occidere, from ob- down + cadere to fall
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Word Origin and History for occasioned

occasion

n.

late 14c., "opportunity; grounds for action, state of affairs that makes something else possible; a happening, occurrence," from Old French ochaison, ocasion "cause, reason, excuse, pretext; opportunity" (13c.) or directly from Latin occasionem (nominative occasio) "opportunity, appropriate time," in Late Latin "cause," from occasum, occasus, past participle of occidere "fall down, go down," from ob "down, away" (see ob-) + cadere "to fall" (see case (n.1)). The notion is of a "falling together," or juncture, of circumstances.

v.

mid-15c., "to bring (something) about," from occasion (n.), or else from Old French occasionner "to cause," from Medieval Latin occasionare, from Latin occasionem (see occasion (n.)). Related: Occasioned; occasioning.

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