Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[uh-key-zhuh n] /əˈkeɪ ʒən/
a particular time, especially as marked by certain circumstances or occurrences:
They met on three occasions.
a special or important time, event, ceremony, celebration, etc.:
His birthday will be quite an occasion.
a convenient or favorable time, opportunity, or juncture:
This slack period would be a good occasion to take inventory.
the immediate or incidental cause or reason for some action or result:
What is the occasion for this uproar?
(in the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead) the coincidence of the eternal objects forming a specific point-event.
occasions, Obsolete.
  1. needs or necessities.
  2. necessary business matters:
    to go about one's lawful occasions.
verb (used with object)
to give occasion or cause for; bring about.
on occasion, now and then; from time to time; occasionally:
She visits New York on occasion.
Origin of occasion
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
3. chance, opening. 4. motive, inducement, influence. 7. motivate, originate, produce, create.
Synonym Study
4. See cause. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for occasioned
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • 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
  • The posts, which are as cross as pie-crust, have occasioned some delay.

  • 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.

  • Has she not occasioned me and all my family sufficient wretchedness?

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • Their entertainer always accompanied them to take the stirrup-cup, which often occasioned a long and late revel.

    Waverley Sir Walter Scott
  • It is difficult in these days to understand what a commotion it occasioned.

    Sixty years with Plymouth Church Stephen M. Griswold
  • 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
  • I take, therefore, this remark to have been occasioned by two reasons.

    Essays and Tales Joseph Addison
British Dictionary definitions for occasioned


(sometimes foll by of) the time of a particular happening or event
(sometimes foll by for) a reason or cause (to do or be something); grounds: there was no occasion to complain
an opportunity (to do something); chance
a special event, time, or celebration: the party was quite an occasion
on occasion, every so often
rise to the occasion, to have the courage, wit, etc, to meet the special demands of a situation
take occasion, to avail oneself of an opportunity (to do something)
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for occasioned



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.



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with occasioned
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for occasion

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for occasioned

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for occasioned