- needs or necessities.
- necessary business matters: to go about one's lawful occasions.
verb (used with object)
Origin of occasion
Synonyms for occasion
Related Words for occasionsopening, incident, possibility, moment, time, opportunity, ground, purpose, circumstance, basis, affair, episode, experience, scene, thing, milestone, celebration, use, shot, occurrence
Examples from the Web for occasions
Contemporary Examples of occasions
They thought they spotted him on at least two occasions, but he was too far away for them to grab him.Killer Eric Frein Held in Murdered Cop’s Cuffs
October 31, 2014
On some occasions as many as 60 airplanes were involved, a massive display of power backed up by as many as 500 ground personnel.The Secret NATO-Turkey War Game for ISIS
October 10, 2014
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
September 24, 2014
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
September 17, 2014
He is tensely and formally dressed on all occasions, with an encyclopedic memory of beer labels.Meet the Beer Bottle Dictator
August 12, 2014
Historical Examples of occasions
On these occasions he always determined to clear out the bag.
Sidney's half-days at home were occasions for agonies of jealousy on Carlotta's part.
Linda could jest on occasions, but by nature she was a serious person.Her Father's Daughter
I have had the same thing happen on other occasions, when on short allowance of food.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Betty, it must be owned, has an admirable memory on these occasions.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
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.