- 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 occasions
They thought they spotted him on at least two occasions, but he was too far away for them to grab him.
On some occasions as many as 60 airplanes were involved, a massive display of power backed up by as many as 500 ground personnel.
ISIS and al Qaeda bitterly split earlier this year, and have since attacked one another on occasions.Al Qaeda Plotters in Syria ‘Went Dark,’ U.S. Spies Say|Eli Lake|September 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He can seem on occasion morose, on other occasions petulant, and never comfortable in interviews.Imagining Prince Charles as King Makes All of Britain Wish They Could Leave Like Scotland|Clive Irving|September 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He is tensely and formally dressed on all occasions, with an encyclopedic memory of beer labels.
On other occasions when he wanted them to keep their distance, he found mere growling to have the desired effect."Over There" with the Australians|R. Hugh Knyvett
First he built a small law office and a couple of bedrooms for use on these occasions.A Round Dozen|Susan Coolidge
On other occasions pictures, described with minute attention to details, were presented to the audience in Tableaux-328- Vivants.Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature|John Addington Symonds
On these occasions the house-dogs are very tyrannical, and the least of them will attack and pursue the stranger.Anecdotes of Dogs|Edward Jesse
The duke was present on all occasions, it being a special pleasure to him to witness the sufferings of heretics.The Hansa Towns|Helen Zimmern
pl n archaic
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.