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occasion

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/ əˈkeɪ ʒən /
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noun

verb (used with object)

to give occasion or cause for; bring about.

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Idioms for occasion

    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
4. See cause.
pre·oc·ca·sioned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for occasion

occasion
/ (əˈkeɪʒən) /

noun

verb

(tr) to bring about, esp incidentally or by chance
See also occasions
C14: from Latin occāsiō a falling down, from occidere, from ob- down + cadere to fall
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Idioms and Phrases with occasion

occasion

see on occasion; rise to the occasion.

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