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/ əˈkeɪ ʒən /


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

pre·oc·ca·sioned, adjective

Synonym study

4. See cause.
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British Dictionary definitions for occasioned


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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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Idioms and Phrases with occasioned


see on occasion; rise to the occasion.

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