- 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 occasioned
Remember what Romney was asked that occasioned his infamous comments?
My obituary for Andrew Breitbart has occasioned a lot of comment.
This was occasioned by the muzzles being pointed downwards into the ditch, which gave the report an unusual and appalling effect.Twenty-Five Years in the Rifle Brigade|William Surtees
One is my dedication for my essays; it was occasioned by that delicious article in the Spectator.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 23 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
Some delay in their arrival home was occasioned by an untoward incident even before they finally left London.The Story of the Cambrian|C. P. Gasquoine
For, be it known, it was this avanc that had occasioned the flood.Welsh Folk-Lore|Elias Owen
An instance of mischievous credulity, occasioned by consulting this impostor, once fell under the re-130-view of the Author.A Treatise on the Police of the Metropolis|Patrick Colquhoun
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.