[uh-key-zhuh n] /əˈkeɪ ʒən/

a particular time, especially as marked by certain circumstances or occurrences:
They met on three occasions.
a special or important time, event, ceremony, celebration, etc.:
His birthday will be quite an occasion.
a convenient or favorable time, opportunity, or juncture:
This slack period would be a good occasion to take inventory.
the immediate or incidental cause or reason for some action or result:
What is the occasion for this uproar?
(in the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead) the coincidence of the eternal objects forming a specific point-event.
occasions, Obsolete.

verb (used with object)
to give occasion or cause for; bring about.
on occasion, now and then; from time to time; occasionally:
She visits New York on occasion.
(sometimes foll by of) the time of a particular happening or event
(sometimes foll by for) a reason or cause (to do or be something); grounds: there was no occasion to complain
an opportunity (to do something); chance
a special event, time, or celebration: the party was quite an occasion
on occasion, every so often
rise to the occasion, to have the courage, wit, etc, to meet the special demands of a situation
take occasion, to avail oneself of an opportunity (to do something)
(transitive) to bring about, esp incidentally or by chance

late 14c., “opportunity; grounds for action, state of affairs that makes something else possible; a happening, occurrence,” from Old French ochaison, ocasion “cause, reason, excuse, pretext; opportunity” (13c.) or directly from Latin occasionem (nominative occasio) “opportunity, appropriate time,” in Late Latin “cause,” from occasum, occasus, past participle of occidere “fall down, go down,” from ob “down, away” (see ob-) + cadere “to fall” (see case (n.1)). The notion is of a “falling together,” or juncture, of circumstances.

mid-15c., “to bring (something) about,” from occasion (n.), or else from Old French occasionner “to cause,” from Medieval Latin occasionare, from Latin occasionem (see occasion (n.)). Related: Occasioned; occasioning.


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