Definition of occasion in English:



  • 1A particular time or instance of an event.

    ‘on one occasion I stayed up until two in the morning’
    • ‘There had been only one previous occasion when I actually had to appear in court.’
    • ‘Theresa is already working on big celebrations to mark the special occasion in the history of the prominent Association.’
    • ‘Not everything said or written on an occasion of qualified privilege is protected.’
    • ‘We took a while to find the right direction on two or three occasions.’
    • ‘In 1979 Jimmy Carter used the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the lunar landing to push his energy program.’
    • ‘Holland has won the title five times while Pakistan emerged victorious on three occasions.’
    • ‘Were the written words used by the defendant on an occasion of qualified privilege?’
    • ‘Actually, I could only remember one other occasion, months and months ago.’
    • ‘Ceremonies marking many official occasions are held in the country's churches.’
    • ‘Already, the industry has found sales touching the expected figures on four occasions.’
    • ‘Rovers boast an excellent record in the competition having reached the final on two previous occasions in recent years.’
    • ‘Holidays and other special occasions are marked with singing and dancing.’
    • ‘On all four occasions, patients were transferred to other hospitals in the city.’
    • ‘The meal followed and it proved to be a most enjoyable social occasion.’
    • ‘The accused testified and offered excuses in relation to her failure to comply on several other occasions during this period.’
    • ‘On at least three difference occasions, Neil accepted the hospitality of his hosts.’
    • ‘Here BBC Sport recalls the five previous occasions when the ultimate prize in European rugby has been on the line.’
    • ‘The trial of Mr Daly had been adjourned on a number of occasions in the past.’
    • ‘You have been before the courts on many occasions over the years.’
    • ‘His swimming marathon last summer was on the occasion of his 40th birthday.’
    instance, time, moment, juncture, point
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    1. 1.1A special or noteworthy event, ceremony, or celebration.
      ‘she was presented with a gold watch to mark the occasion’
      • ‘The recent parish outing and day trip to West Mayo proved a very enjoyable occasion.’
      • ‘He did this on several festive, campy occasions.’
      • ‘The ceremony was an occasion for considerable celebration, but Margaret was never crowned queen.’
      • ‘Nobody is going to have that many special occasions in their life.’
      • ‘Her family and friends, along with staff at St. Joseph's, had a right old party bash celebrating the occasion.’
      • ‘Another center of Shan life is the Buddhist monastery, where many occasions are celebrated.’
      • ‘She was crowned at the end of a gala occasion on Sunday night.’
      • ‘Patel admitted he had initially been overawed by the occasion.’
      • ‘Mass will be celebrated to mark the occasion and the dinner and party will be held in the Anglers Rest Hotel in Headford.’
      • ‘The name-giving ceremony is a formal occasion celebrated by feasting and drinking.’
      • ‘The greatest occasion for celebration in a Kurd's life is marriage.’
      • ‘To celebrate this momentous occasion, have all your neighbors get together for a good old fashioned barbeque.’
      • ‘They gave me a crystal wine glass to celebrate the momentous occasion.’
      • ‘They marked the occasion with a celebration with family and neighbours.’
      • ‘Last week there were celebrations to mark the occasion with Mass being celebrated by the new Bishop of Galway.’
      • ‘Some cultures decorate to celebrate a festive occasion, others to mark membership in a group or tribe.’
      • ‘The entire set, costumes and props will also be flown to New York for the gala occasion.’
      • ‘Weddings are important and costly occasions for celebration in both the Portuguese and Chinese communities.’
      • ‘In 1974 he was invited to address the US Congress on the occasion of the celebrations marking the American bicentennial.’
      • ‘Today, on the occasion of his 70th birthday, we wish him well.’
      social event, event, affair, function, celebration, party, ceremony, get-together, gathering
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    2. 1.2A suitable or opportune time for doing something.
      ‘elections are an occasion for registering protest votes’
      • ‘I struggle to recall those rare occasions when it has been invoked against a non-Arab state.’
      • ‘Instead of passing the ball off every time, he took shots around the arch when the occasion arose.’
      • ‘The occasion afforded staff the opportunity of paying tribute to a long-standing member of staff.’
      • ‘Each situation is different, and must be assessed individually when the occasion arises.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The occasion arose through the trip of the old people to Poppleton, given by Captain Grace, on the ‘River King’ a few weeks before.’
      • ‘At once, occasion arose for versions of reality to compete for public credibility.’
      • ‘The special occasion gave guests the opportunity to meet the director, singers and dancers of the world renown opera.’
      • ‘The Assembly used this rare occasion to chat about everything and nothing and just enjoy the time they spent together.’
      • ‘The controversy provided a rare occasion for agreement between the ruling right and opposition left.’
      • ‘Whenever the occasion arose to work in a different area or learn new skills, I welcomed it.’
      • ‘I reckon that birthdays are more suitable occasions for resolutions than New Year.’
      • ‘Ms. Ayotte said she was prepared to issue a formal opinion to that effect if the occasion arose.’
      • ‘Thankfully, they are all still fit and well and could still turn on the style if the occasion arose.’
      • ‘I promised myself that I'd tell Karl as soon as the occasion arose.’
      • ‘The Bodhisattva can be represented as both male and female as need and occasion demand.’
      • ‘We addicts can always come up with suitable justifications when the occasion demands.’
      • ‘Raf was a great playmate to have around and could be serious when the occasion arose.’
      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’
    • ‘I often have occasion to be reminded of the man who, as executive deputy mayor, was the face and the voice of Buffalo City.’
    • ‘About this time last year I had occasion to complain about the non-collection of my refuse bin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Actually, there is no special occasion or reason to buy the stuff.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For the first thirty years of my academic career, I had no occasion and no reason to worry about sports.’
    • ‘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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  • Cause (something)

    ‘something vital must have occasioned this visit’
    [with two objects] ‘his death occasioned her much grief’
    • ‘Do you have to show that the error is one which occasions an injustice to your client?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘These rites control the pollution occasioned by death, and also usher the soul from one life to another.’
    • ‘Johnston has been charged with malicious wounding and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.’
    • ‘Much sadness was occasioned by the sudden death of well known Claremorris chemist Sean O'Brien at the weekend.’
    • ‘His death occasioned an outpouring of condolences, mourning, and reflection.’
    • ‘In principle any losses occasioned thereby are recoverable however they may be characterised.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The loss occasioned by cancellation of hotel bookings and other expenses runs into the billions of shillings.’
    • ‘His passing occasioned deep grief in his native Ballinrobe where he was deservedly held in very high regard.’
    • ‘After a long delay occasioned by France, the treaty entered into force in 1985.’
    • ‘My examination of terms such as fraught and wrought has occasioned controversy.’
    • ‘Much sadness was occasioned around the area by the news of her sudden death.’
    • ‘The injustices occasioned by these institutions should, however, be confronted as an aspect of spiritual practice.’
    cause, give rise to, bring about, result in, lead to, prompt, provoke, evoke, elicit, call forth, produce, create, arouse, generate, engender, originate, effect, bring on, induce, precipitate, stir up, inspire, spark off, trigger, breed
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Late Middle English: from Latin occasio(n-) juncture, reason from occidere go down, set from ob- toward + cadere to fall.