Definition of occasion in US English:

occasion

noun

  • 1A particular time or instance of an event.

    ‘on one occasion I stayed up until two in the morning’
    • ‘His swimming marathon last summer was on the occasion of his 40th birthday.’
    • ‘Holidays and other special occasions are marked with singing and dancing.’
    • ‘Ceremonies marking many official occasions are held in the country's churches.’
    • ‘Were the written words used by the defendant on an occasion of qualified privilege?’
    • ‘The accused testified and offered excuses in relation to her failure to comply on several other occasions during this period.’
    • ‘Theresa is already working on big celebrations to mark the special occasion in the history of the prominent Association.’
    • ‘Holland has won the title five times while Pakistan emerged victorious on three occasions.’
    • ‘Here BBC Sport recalls the five previous occasions when the ultimate prize in European rugby has been on the line.’
    • ‘Not everything said or written on an occasion of qualified privilege is protected.’
    • ‘Rovers boast an excellent record in the competition having reached the final on two previous occasions in recent years.’
    • ‘There had been only one previous occasion when I actually had to appear in court.’
    • ‘In 1979 Jimmy Carter used the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the lunar landing to push his energy program.’
    • ‘We took a while to find the right direction on two or three occasions.’
    • ‘On at least three difference occasions, Neil accepted the hospitality of his hosts.’
    • ‘The meal followed and it proved to be a most enjoyable social occasion.’
    • ‘On all four occasions, patients were transferred to other hospitals in the city.’
    • ‘The trial of Mr Daly had been adjourned on a number of occasions in the past.’
    • ‘Actually, I could only remember one other occasion, months and months ago.’
    • ‘Already, the industry has found sales touching the expected figures on four occasions.’
    • ‘You have been before the courts on many occasions over the years.’
    instance, time, moment, juncture, point
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    1. 1.1 A special or noteworthy event, ceremony, or celebration.
      ‘she was presented with a gold watch to mark the occasion’
      • ‘To celebrate this momentous occasion, have all your neighbors get together for a good old fashioned barbeque.’
      • ‘He did this on several festive, campy occasions.’
      • ‘She was crowned at the end of a gala occasion on Sunday night.’
      • ‘They gave me a crystal wine glass to celebrate the momentous occasion.’
      • ‘Today, on the occasion of his 70th birthday, we wish him well.’
      • ‘The recent parish outing and day trip to West Mayo proved a very enjoyable occasion.’
      • ‘Last week there were celebrations to mark the occasion with Mass being celebrated by the new Bishop of Galway.’
      • ‘Another center of Shan life is the Buddhist monastery, where many occasions are celebrated.’
      • ‘Mass will be celebrated to mark the occasion and the dinner and party will be held in the Anglers Rest Hotel in Headford.’
      • ‘Weddings are important and costly occasions for celebration in both the Portuguese and Chinese communities.’
      • ‘Some cultures decorate to celebrate a festive occasion, others to mark membership in a group or tribe.’
      • ‘Nobody is going to have that many special occasions in their life.’
      • ‘Patel admitted he had initially been overawed by the occasion.’
      • ‘The name-giving ceremony is a formal occasion celebrated by feasting and drinking.’
      • ‘The ceremony was an occasion for considerable celebration, but Margaret was never crowned queen.’
      • ‘In 1974 he was invited to address the US Congress on the occasion of the celebrations marking the American bicentennial.’
      • ‘Her family and friends, along with staff at St. Joseph's, had a right old party bash celebrating the occasion.’
      • ‘They marked the occasion with a celebration with family and neighbours.’
      • ‘The greatest occasion for celebration in a Kurd's life is marriage.’
      • ‘The entire set, costumes and props will also be flown to New York for the gala occasion.’
      social event, event, affair, function, celebration, party, ceremony, get-together, gathering
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    2. 1.2 A suitable or opportune time for doing something.
      ‘elections are an occasion for registering protest votes’
      • ‘Instead of passing the ball off every time, he took shots around the arch when the occasion arose.’
      • ‘The special occasion gave guests the opportunity to meet the director, singers and dancers of the world renown opera.’
      • ‘The Bodhisattva can be represented as both male and female as need and occasion demand.’
      • ‘Whenever the occasion arose to work in a different area or learn new skills, I welcomed it.’
      • ‘The controversy provided a rare occasion for agreement between the ruling right and opposition left.’
      • ‘Each situation is different, and must be assessed individually when the occasion arises.’
      • ‘The occasion arose through the trip of the old people to Poppleton, given by Captain Grace, on the ‘River King’ a few weeks before.’
      • ‘I promised myself that I'd tell Karl as soon as the occasion arose.’
      • ‘I reckon that birthdays are more suitable occasions for resolutions than New Year.’
      • ‘I struggle to recall those rare occasions when it has been invoked against a non-Arab state.’
      • ‘Thankfully, they are all still fit and well and could still turn on the style if the occasion arose.’
      • ‘At once, occasion arose for versions of reality to compete for public credibility.’
      • ‘Having some occasions or opportunities to do so is always rewarding and inspiring.’
      • ‘Opportunity refers to the occasion suitable for or conducive to the behavior, including such factors as geography and time.’
      • ‘We addicts can always come up with suitable justifications when the occasion demands.’
      • ‘Ms. Ayotte said she was prepared to issue a formal opinion to that effect if the occasion arose.’
      • ‘Raf was a great playmate to have around and could be serious when the occasion arose.’
      • ‘The Assembly used this rare occasion to chat about everything and nothing and just enjoy the time they spent together.’
      • ‘The occasion afforded staff the opportunity of paying tribute to a long-standing member of staff.’
      opportunity, opportune time, suitable time, right moment, chance, opening, window
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  • 2formal Reason; cause.

    with infinitive ‘it's the first time that I've had occasion to complain’
    • ‘About this time last year I had occasion to complain about the non-collection of my refuse bin.’
    • ‘For the first thirty years of my academic career, I had no occasion and no reason to worry about sports.’
    • ‘Actually, there is no special occasion or reason to buy the stuff.’
    • ‘I think you are somewhat reserved, but my daughter does not seem to mind your taciturnity, so I suppose I have no occasion to complain.’
    • ‘I often have occasion to be reminded of the man who, as executive deputy mayor, was the face and the voice of Buffalo City.’
    • ‘There may be occasion at work and reason at home, for you to lose your cool or balance but that's not helpful so avoid extremes of any kind.’
    • ‘Our certainty, whether grounded in reason or miraculous signs, affords no occasion to trust.’
    reason, cause, call, grounds, justification, need, necessity, requirement, excuse, pretext, stimulus, inducement, provocation, motive
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verb

[with object]formal
  • Cause (something)

    ‘something vital must have occasioned this visit’
    with two objects ‘his death occasioned her much grief’
    • ‘My examination of terms such as fraught and wrought has occasioned controversy.’
    • ‘The jury took two hours to convict him of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.’
    • ‘The father was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, but was acquitted.’
    • ‘His death occasioned an outpouring of condolences, mourning, and reflection.’
    • ‘His death shortly afterwards occasioned louder public grief than that of Louis XV four years earlier.’
    • ‘Patrick was a popular and esteemed member of the local rural community and much sadness was occasioned by his death.’
    • ‘Do you have to show that the error is one which occasions an injustice to your client?’
    • ‘In principle any losses occasioned thereby are recoverable however they may be characterised.’
    • ‘The injustices occasioned by these institutions should, however, be confronted as an aspect of spiritual practice.’
    • ‘These rites control the pollution occasioned by death, and also usher the soul from one life to another.’
    • ‘In addition, she received an apology for any injustice occasioned to her.’
    • ‘Last year, the lights were not removed until March, occasioning embarrassment for both the Chamber and the Council.’
    • ‘His passing occasioned deep grief in his native Ballinrobe where he was deservedly held in very high regard.’
    • ‘But all in all, what with the weather and a degree of jadedness occasioned by a bit of sleep disturbance, it's not been a thrilling day.’
    • ‘The loss occasioned by cancellation of hotel bookings and other expenses runs into the billions of shillings.’
    • ‘Much sadness was occasioned by the sudden death of well known Claremorris chemist Sean O'Brien at the weekend.’
    • ‘After a long delay occasioned by France, the treaty entered into force in 1985.’
    • ‘Johnston has been charged with malicious wounding and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.’
    • ‘Much sadness was occasioned around the area by the news of her sudden death.’
    cause, give rise to, bring about, result in, lead to, prompt, provoke, evoke, elicit, call forth, produce, create, arouse, make, make for, generate, engender, originate, effect, bring on, induce, precipitate, stir up, inspire, spark off, trigger, breed
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Phrases

  • on occasion (or occasions)

    • Occasionally; from time to time.

      ‘on occasion, the state was asked to intervene’
      • ‘Early on, maybe, I was a little rusty on occasions, but I felt much better as the match went on.’
      • ‘Now bear in mind this is the same person who, on occasions, will spend hours on her make-up before she'll set foot out the door.’
      • ‘Once there, Joe's life became one of living in hostels or, on occasions, even sleeping rough.’
      • ‘His health is such that he turns blue on occasions and is unable to breathe.’
      • ‘We have lost by half a point and one point on occasions and probably have the most second places in Panorama.’
      • ‘The three journalists who interviewed Putin for this book are pleasingly sassy on occasion.’
      • ‘A post as full-time director of the charity has meant that he has been on occasions unavailable for team selection.’
      • ‘The Laois lads continued to dominate the exchanges but on occasions were guilty of some wayward passes.’
      • ‘My students used to ask on occasions whether they were different from my students in Czechoslovakia.’
      • ‘Celebrity Melinda has also been persuaded to join him on occasions.’
      occasionally, sometimes, from time to time, now and then, every now and then, now and again, every now and again, at times, every so often, once in a while, every once in a while, on occasions, on the odd occasion, periodically, at intervals, irregularly, sporadically, spasmodically, infrequently, intermittently, on and off, off and on
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  • rise to the occasion

    • Perform very well in response to a special situation or event.

      • ‘As the event unfolded, Samuel rose to the occasion.’
      • ‘Nadia rose to the occasion, performing almost flawlessly.’
      • ‘Morrisons staff in Keighley are fired up about their store's latest improvement and hope customers will rise to the occasion.’
      • ‘Many teens will rise to the occasion by taking on responsibilities and providing support for other family members.’
      • ‘Australians who came into the game with a ‘must win’ situation rose to the occasion in fine style and outplayed the Kiwis.’
      • ‘There is some fine virtuoso writing here too, and the performers certainly rise to the occasion.’
      • ‘Along with the epic quality of the storytelling come performances that rise to the occasion.’
      • ‘The team rose to the occasion and responded magnificently.’
      • ‘I also like the fact that he doesn't just rise to the occasion in certain events that suit his style.’
      • ‘Still this is a masterful performance by Andsnes who rises to the occasion quite wonderfully.’
  • take occasion

    • archaic Make use of an opportunity to do something.

      • ‘Here I must take occasion to tell you, there are five faults will be found in heaven with your best fruits.’
      • ‘I took occasion from thence to speak strongly to her, concerning the hand of God, and his design in all afflictions.’
      • ‘For I am possessed of a cat, surpassing in beauty, from whom I take occasion to bless Almighty God.’
      • ‘The member does not even know the Standing Orders, and he should take occasion over the adjournment to read them.’
      • ‘But sin, taking occasion by the Commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin occasio(n-) ‘juncture, reason’, from occidere ‘go down, set’, from ob- ‘towards’ + cadere ‘to fall’.

Pronunciation

occasion

/əˈkāZHən//əˈkeɪʒən/