occasion


occasion
oc|ca|sion1 [ ə`keıʒn ] noun ***
1. ) count a time at which something happens:
on one occasion (=once): On one occasion we had to walk all the way home.
on an earlier occasion: We tested a similar product on an earlier occasion.
on occasion (=sometimes): He continues to work with us on occasion.
a ) singular an appropriate time for something:
occasion for: Her promotion was an occasion for great celebration.
not the occasion for something (=not an appropriate time for something): This is not the occasion for such a detailed analysis.
occasion for doing something: Victory provided him with the occasion for declaring himself king.
occasion for someone to do something: This will be an occasion for us all to make a new start.
b ) count a special or important time or event:
The meeting of the two heads of state was a historic occasion.
special occasion: The dress is perfect for a special occasion.
mark an occasion (=celebrate it): We should mark the occasion in some way.
on the occasion of something (=when something special happens): There was a celebration on the occasion of the school's anniversary.
2. ) uncount FORMAL a reason for something:
have occasion to do something: I've had no occasion to complain about their service.
a ) a cause of something:
be the occasion of something: His mistake was the occasion of much amusement.
if/when the occasion arises
if/when a particular situation happens:
If the occasion arises, I'll ask for your help.
rise to the occasion
to deal effectively with a difficult situation or problem that happens unexpectedly:
We can always count on Bill to rise to the occasion when disaster strikes.
a sense of occasion
a feeling that a time or event is special or important:
His performance was totally lacking in any sense of occasion.
occasion
oc|ca|sion 2 [ ə`keıʒn ] verb transitive FORMAL
to cause something:
problems occasioned by the change of economic policy
occasion someone something: Their rude attitude occasioned him much distress.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • occasion — [ ɔkazjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1174; lat. occasio 1 ♦ Circonstance qui vient à propos, qui convient. Une occasion inespérée. C est « une belle occasion à saisir » (Martin du Gard). ⇒ aubaine, chance, fam. occase, opportunité. Loc. Saisir l occasion par les… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • occasion — OCCASION. s. f. Rencontre, conjoncture de temps, de lieux, d affaires, propre pour quelque chose. L occasion presente. belle occasion. occasion favorable. occasion importante. prendre, embrasser l occasion. chercher l occasion. il faut fuir les… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • occasion — Occasion, f. acut. Occasio. Belle occasion, Lepida occasio. Occasion presentée, Ostentata occasio. L occasion se presenta, Facultas accidit. Soudaine occasion, Breuis occasio. L occasion s y offrant, Per occasionem. L occasion est preste, Occasio …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • occasion — [ə kā′zhən, ōkā′zhən] n. [ME occasioun < OFr < L occasio, accidental opportunity, fit time < occasus, pp. of occidere, to fall < ob (see OB ) + cadere, to fall: see CASE1] 1. a favorable time or juncture; opportunity 2. a fact, event …   English World dictionary

  • Occasion — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • occasion — ► NOUN 1) a particular event, or the time at which it takes place. 2) a suitable or opportune time. 3) a special event or celebration. 4) formal reason or justification: we have occasion to rejoice. ► VERB formal ▪ cause. ● …   English terms dictionary

  • occasion — [n1] chance break*, convenience, demand, excuse, incident, instant, moment, need, occurrence, opening, opportunity, possibility, season, shot*, show, time, use; concept 693 occasion [n2] reason, cause antecedent, basis, call, circumstance,… …   New thesaurus

  • Occasion — Oc*ca sion ([o^]k*k[=a] zh[u^]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Occasioned} ([o^]k*k[=a] 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. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • occasion — When it means ‘reason, grounds’, the usual construction is with for + noun (or verbal noun) or with a to infinitive: • Yesterday was Schubert s birthday…suitable occasion for a Schubertiad Times, 1977. When the meaning is ‘opportunity’, it is… …   Modern English usage

  • Occasion — Occasion, lat. deutsch, Gelegenheit; O. alismus, die Ansicht des Descartes von der unmittelbaren Einwirkung Gottes auf den Menschen, um die Verbindung des Leibes und der Seele zu bewerkstelligen …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • occasion — I noun advent, affair, chance, conjuncture, episode, event, experience, happening, incident, instance, juncture, moment, occasio, occurrence, opening, opportunity, point, situation, suitable time, tempus, time II verb breed, bring about, cause,… …   Law dictionary


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