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. A particular event or celebration; occurrence; state or position of affairs leading to unexpected results; incidental cause; as, his carelessness was the occasion of the whole trouble; need; as, having occasion to buy food; chance or opportunity; as, he seized the occasion to speak his mind.
  14. To cause or influence directly or indirectly: give rise to.
  15. Occurrence: opportunity: requirement.
  16. To cause: to influence.
  17. Occurrence; opportunity; cause; need.
  18. To cause.
  19. To bring about; cause.
  20. An occurrence; opportunity for some action; a condition; need; exigency.
  21. An occurrence; opportunity, favourable time or circumstances; incidental cause; incidental need; situation of affairs.
  22. To cause incidentally; to produce; to influence.
  23. To cause; to produce; to give rise to; to bring about.

Usage examples for occasion

  1. Christian language isn't up to the occasion. – Phemie Frost's Experiences by Ann S. Stephens
  2. On this occasion I sent Wessels and some men. – In the Shadow of Death by P. H. Kritzinger and R. D. McDonald
  3. On the first occasion he broke down altogether. – By Desert Ways to Baghdad by Louisa Jebb
  4. " There is not the least occasion for you to trouble yourself about me farther," said Hester. – Weighed and Wanting by George MacDonald
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. " What a man or a woman will do and suffer, and how they will do and suffer, no one knows till comes some great occasion. – The Maid of Maiden Lane by Amelia E. Barr
  8. The afternoon of Christmas Day was always the occasion for a Christmas Tree. – Mary Gray by Katharine Tynan
  9. 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
  10. Did you have occasion to use it? – The Mystery of 31 New Inn by R. Austin Freeman
  11. The trouble began when I was called in one day, the occasion being some slight difficulty in hearing. – The Man from Jericho by Edwin Carlile Litsey
  12. Neither of them seemed just right for the occasion. – Pagan Passions by Gordon Randall Garrett Laurence Mark Janifer
  13. 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
  14. Then he left her without speaking to her on this occasion a word about herself. – The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope
  15. " 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
  16. From one or two friends there on the occasion of my marriage. – The Hound of the Baskervilles by A. Conan Doyle
  17. He makes himself beautiful for the occasion. – The Front Yard by Constance Fenimore Woolson
  18. 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
  19. " I suppose," she remarked, on one such occasion, " we shall never again see Mr. Franks." – Will Warburton by George Gissing