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Meaning of OCCASION

Pronunciation:  u'keyzhun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an event that occurs at a critical time; "at such junctures he always had an impulse to leave"; "it was needed only on special occasions"
  2. [n]  a vaguely specified social event; "the party was quite an affair"; "an occasion arranged to honor the president"; "a seemingly endless round of social functions"
  3. [n]  reason; "there was no occasion for complaint"
  4. [n]  an opportunity to do something; "there was never an occasion for her to demonstrate her skill"
  5. [n]  the time of a particular event; "on the occasion of his 60th birthday"
  6. [v]  give occasion to

OCCASION is a 8 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: affair, function, juncture, social function, social occasion
 See Also: cause, celebration, ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, chance, climax, conjuncture, crisis, cut-rate sale, do, flood tide, fundraiser, ground, happening, head, inspire, jubilation, landmark, make, milestone, natural event, observance, occurrence, opportunity, party, pass, photo op, photo opportunity, reason, sale, sales event, social event, straits, time, turning point



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Oc*ca"sion\ ([o^]k*k[=a]"zh[u^]n), n. [F. occasion, L.
    occasio, fr. occidere, occasum, to fall down; ob (see {Ob-})
    + cadere to fall. See {Chance}, and cf. {Occident}.]
    1. A falling out, happening, or coming to pass; hence, that
       which falls out or happens; occurrence; incident.
             The unlooked-for incidents of family history, and
             its hidden excitements, and its arduous occasions.
                                                   --I. Taylor.
    2. A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance;
             Sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived
             me.                                   --Rom. vii.
             I'll take the occasion which he gives to bring Him
             to his death.                         --Waller.
    3. An occurrence or condition of affairs which brings with it
       some unlooked-for event; that which incidentally brings to
       pass an event, without being its efficient cause or
       sufficient reason; accidental or incidental cause.
             Her beauty was the occasion of the war. --Dryden.
    4. Need; exigency; requirement; necessity; as, I have no
       occasion for firearms.
             After we have served ourselves and our own
             occasions.                            --Jer. Taylor.
             When my occasions took me into France. --Burke.
    5. A reason or excuse; a motive; a persuasion.
             Whose manner was, all passengers to stay, And
             entertain with her occasions sly.     --Spenser.
    {On occasion}, in case of need; in necessity; as convenience
       requires; occasionally. ``That we might have intelligence
       from him on occasion,'' --De Foe.
    Syn: Need; incident; use. See {Opportunity}.
  2. \Oc*ca"sion\ ([o^]k*k[=a]"zh[u^]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    {Occasioned} (-zh[u^]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Occasioning}.]
    [Cf.F. occasionner.]
    To give occasion to; to cause; to produce; to induce; as, to
    occasion anxiety. --South.
          If we inquire what it is that occasions men to make
          several combinations of simple ideas into distinct
          modes.                                   --Locke.
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