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 formspre·oc·ca·sioned, adjective

Synonyms for occasion

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4. See cause.
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(sometimes foll by of) the time of a particular happening or event
(sometimes foll by for) a reason or cause (to do or be something); groundsthere was no occasion to complain
an opportunity (to do something); chance
a special event, time, or celebrationthe party was quite an occasion
on occasion every so often
rise to the occasion to have the courage, wit, etc, to meet the special demands of a situation
take occasion to avail oneself of an opportunity (to do something)


(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 occasioned



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.

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Idioms and Phrases with occasioned


see on occasion; rise to the occasion.

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