- needs or necessities.
- necessary business matters: to go about one's lawful occasions.
verb (used with object)
- occam's razor,
- occam, william of,
- occasional licence,
- occasional table,
Origin of occasion
Examples from the Web for occasion
To Hitchcock, this is not a sweet wire from an old colleague but a condolence letter on the occasion of his own death.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was also an occasion for voluptuary displays of tough-mindedness.
But the occasion is even more special when you can cheers with some funky flutes.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Carrie Bradshaw in Your Life|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The government defines excessive drinking as drinking too much on one occasion over the course of a week.Americans Drink Too Much, But We’re Not All Alcoholics|Gabrielle Glaser|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was both stylish and somber while being suitably grand for the formality of the occasion.
Ourdays always wound up with an extra good dinner, and a touch of gala costume in honor of the occasion.Marjorie's Busy Days|Carolyn Wells
On that occasion they killed seven of our men, besides wounding many.
They ought, therefore, to be brought into the account on this occasion.
The occasion of this rupture between George the First and his son was curious.The Town|Leigh Hunt
The man was innocent of any evil intent on this occasion, but Ravenshaw would have quarrelled with an angel just then.The Red Man's Revenge|R.M. Ballantyne
Word Origin for occasion
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.
see on occasion; rise to the occasion.