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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. An occurrence; an incident; an opportunity; favourable time or season; incidental need.
  24. To cause; to produce; to give rise to; to bring about.
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Quotes of occasion

  1. Courage that grows from constitution often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it; courage which arises from a sense of duty acts; in a uniform manner. – Joseph Addison
  2. One of them would definitely be the Nelson Mandela gig, when I played the tribute song for him. He was up and dancing, and he really enjoyed it. It was a really lovely occasion – Joan Armatrading
  3. Today's date, the eighteenth of May, should sometime become an occasion of great international celebration, for on this day ten years ago the first Peace Conference opened at The Hague. – Fredrik Bajer
  4. I had no occasion for an apron on that morning. – Lizzie Andrew Borden
  5. Testimony is an integral part of the Black religious tradition. It is the occasion where the believer stands before the community of faith in order to give account of the hope that is in him or her. – James Hal Cone
  6. Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white'. – Bing Crosby
  7. I would fix other people's lines if they asked me on occasion The hard part of writing is the architecture of it, getting the story and structuring it. Not the tweaking of lines. – William Devane
  8. There's immense fun to be had as long as you can sort of sneak it past DC. I have been told on occasion that I need to have more respect for these characters. – Garth Ennis
  9. A lecture is an occasion when you numb one end to benefit the other. – John Gould
  10. Ladies and gentlemen, on the occasion of my election I received many letters from people representing all segments of the population and all professions, especially from the younger generation, linking my inauguration with great- far too great- expectations. – Gustav Heinemann
  11. Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit. – W. Somerset Maugham
  12. I cannot think of anything more difficult than to say something which would be worthy of this impressive and, for me, memorable occasion and of the ideals and purposes which inspired the Nobel Peace Award. – Lester B. Pearson
  13. I never had an occasion to question color, therefore, I only saw myself as what I was... a human being. – Sidney Poitier
  14. We always feel pretty creative as far as writing songs. We write them together; we just get in a room, or on occasion in Flea's garage. We just sort of improvise, like jazz musicians. – Chad Smith

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