verb (used with object)

to give occasion or cause for; bring about.

Nearby words

  1. occ.,
  2. occam,
  3. occam's razor,
  4. occam, william of,
  5. occas.,
  6. occasional,
  7. occasional licence,
  8. occasional table,
  9. occasionalism,
  10. occasionally


    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

Synonym study

4. See cause.

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British Dictionary definitions for occasions


pl n archaic

(sometimes singular) needs; necessities
personal or business affairs



(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 occasions
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Idioms and Phrases with occasions


see on occasion; rise to the occasion.

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