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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
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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Examples from the web for occasions
  • On rare occasions the auditorium may be available during business hours.
  • Admittedly, we've asked for the same on occasions when a little spirit of conjecture would be welcomed.
  • Normally stored in a climate- controlled vault in the museum, the case is taken out of the vault only on special occasions.
  • Certain factors can cause dry eyes, which in my case caused a major setback on two different occasions.
  • It is therefore possible to predict what should happen on future occasions.
  • Kava is mixed with water in the bowl and is drunk using coconut shells at social occasions.
  • It is the setting that readily comes to mind when one thinks of holidays or family occasions.
  • Anniversaries are one of the few occasions at which a nostalgic impulse should be left to roam unfettered.
  • Unfortunately corpses have been used as verification on several occasions.
  • Memorial exhibitions are not usually the happiest of occasions.
British Dictionary definitions for occasions

occasions

/əˈkeɪʒənz/
plural noun (archaic)
1.
(sometimes sing) needs; necessities
2.
personal or business affairs

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 occasions

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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