Definitions of occasion

  1. 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"
  2. 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"
  3. give occasion to
  4. reason; " there was no occasion for complaint"
  5. an opportunity to do something; " there was never an occasion for her to demonstrate her skill"
  6. the time of a particular event; " on the occasion of his 60th birthday"
  7. A falling out, happening, or coming to pass; hence, that which falls out or happens; occurrence; incident.
  8. A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance; convenience.
  9. 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.
  10. Need; exigency; requirement; necessity; as, I have no occasion for firearms.
  11. A reason or excuse; a motive; a persuasion.
  12. To give occasion to; to cause; to produce; to induce; as, to occasion anxiety.
  13. To cause or influence directly or indirectly: give rise to.
  14. Occurrence: opportunity: requirement.
  15. To cause: to influence.
  16. Occurrence; opportunity; cause; need.
  17. To cause.
  18. To bring about; cause.
  19. An occurrence; opportunity for some action; a condition; need; exigency.
  20. An occurrence; opportunity, favourable time or circumstances; incidental cause; incidental need; situation of affairs.
  21. To cause incidentally; to produce; to influence.
  22. To cause; to produce; to give rise to; to bring about.

Usage examples for occasion

  1. " I think," he said, " I've never begged your pardon for the last occasion of our being alone here together. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. Then he left her without speaking to her on this occasion a word about herself. – The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope
  3. From one or two friends there on the occasion of my marriage. – The Hound of the Baskervilles by A. Conan Doyle
  4. At any rate, there's no great occasion to be angry with me, Dora. – Tales & Novels, Vol. IX [Contents: Harrington; Thoughts on Bores; Ormond] by Maria Edgeworth
  5. On this occasion I sent Wessels and some men. – In the Shadow of Death by P. H. Kritzinger and R. D. McDonald
  6. On the first occasion he broke down altogether. – By Desert Ways to Baghdad by Louisa Jebb
  7. The afternoon of Christmas Day was always the occasion for a Christmas Tree. – Mary Gray by Katharine Tynan
  8. " There is not the least occasion for you to trouble yourself about me farther," said Hester. – Weighed and Wanting by George MacDonald
  9. He makes himself beautiful for the occasion. – The Front Yard by Constance Fenimore Woolson
  10. Leslie, it is true, often came to sit with Kate, and on more than one occasion went out to walk with her. – A Mummer's Wife by George Moore
  11. If you should leave London there will be no occasion, nay, it would be dangerous to write to me. – The Children of the New Forest by Captain Marryat
  12. Neither of them seemed just right for the occasion. – Pagan Passions by Gordon Randall Garrett Laurence Mark Janifer
  13. Did you have occasion to use it? – The Mystery of 31 New Inn by R. Austin Freeman
  14. That was the thought in Kate's mind, but she did not speak it out on this occasion. – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  15. Christian language isn't up to the occasion. – Phemie Frost's Experiences by Ann S. Stephens
  16. Of course, his release from prison was an occasion to be made the most of. – Gossip in the First Decade of Victoria's Reign by John Ashton
  17. " I suppose," she remarked, on one such occasion, " we shall never again see Mr. Franks." – Will Warburton by George Gissing