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/ əˈkeɪ ʒən /


verb (used with object)

to give occasion or cause for; bring about.

Nearby words

  1. occ.,
  2. occam,
  3. occam's razor,
  4. occam, william of,
  5. occas.,
  6. occasional,
  7. occasional licence,
  8. occasional table,
  9. occasionalism,
  10. occasionally


    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 formspre·oc·ca·sioned, adjective

Synonym study

4. See cause.

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British Dictionary definitions for occasion


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(tr) to bring about, esp incidentally or by chance
See also occasions

Word Origin for occasion

C14: from Latin occāsiō a falling down, from occidere, from ob- down + cadere to fall

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Word Origin and History for occasion
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Idioms and Phrases with occasion


see on occasion; rise to the occasion.

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