• WordNet 3.6
    • v occasion give occasion to
    • n occasion 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"
    • n occasion 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"
    • n occasion reason "there was no occasion for complaint"
    • n occasion an opportunity to do something "there was never an occasion for her to demonstrate her skill"
    • n occasion the time of a particular event "on the occasion of his 60th birthday"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Russia, when flowers are given for a romantic occasions, flowers are given in odds numbers as even number of flowers is given at funerals only
    • Occasion A falling out, happening, or coming to pass; hence, that which falls out or happens; occurrence; incident; event. "The unlooked-for incidents of family history, and its hidden excitements, and its arduous occasions ."
    • Occasion A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance; convenience. "Sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me.""I'll take the occasion which he gives to bring
      Him to his death."
    • Occasion A reason or excuse; a motive; a persuasion. "Whose manner was, all passengers to stay,
      And entertain with her occasions sly."
    • Occasion 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. "Her beauty was the occasion of the war."
    • Occasion Need; exigency; requirement; necessity; as, I have no occasion for firearms. "After we have served ourselves and our own occasions .""When my occasions took me into France."
    • v. t Occasion ŏk*kā"zhŭn To give occasion to; to cause; to produce; to induce; as, to occasion anxiety. "If we inquire what it is that occasions men to make several combinations of simple ideas into distinct modes."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n occasion An occurrence; an event; an incident; a happening.
    • n occasion A special occurrence or happening; a particular time or season, especially one marked by some particular occurrence or juncture of circumstances; instance; time; season.
    • n occasion An event which affords a person a reason or motive for doing something or seeking something to be done at a particular time, whether he desires it should be done or not; hence, an opportunity for bringing about a desired result; also, a need; an exigency. Used relatively.
    • n occasion Used absolutely, though referring to a particular action.
    • n occasion In negative phrases.
    • n occasion In the abstract, convenience; opportunity: not referring to a particular act.
    • n occasion Need; necessity: in the abstract.
    • n occasion An accidental cause. A person or something connected with a person who unintentionally brings about a given result.
    • n occasion An event, or series of events, which lead to a given result, but are not of such a nature as generally to produce such results: sometimes used loosely for an efficient cause in general, as in the example from Merlin.
    • n occasion An incident cause, or cause determining the particular time when an event shall occur that is sure to be brought about sooner or later by other causes. The idea seems to be vague.
    • n occasion Causal action; agency. See def. 4. Unintentional action.
    • n occasion Chance; occurrence; incident.
    • n occasion A consideration; a reason for action, not necessarily an event that has just occurred.
    • n occasion Business; affair: chiefly in the plural.
    • n occasion A high event; a special ceremony or celebration; a function.
    • n occasion plural Necessities of nature.
    • n occasion Synonyms and Opportunity, Occasion. See opportunity.2, 3, and Occurrence, etc. (see exigency), conjuncture, necessity.
    • occasion To cause incidentally or indirectly; bring about or be the means of bringing about or producing; produce.
    • occasion To lead or induce by an occasion or opportunity; impel or induce by circumstances; impel; lead.
    • occasion Synonyms To bring about, give rise to, be the cause of.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Occasion o-kā′zhun a case of something happening: a special time or season: a chance of bringing about something desired: an event which, although not the cause, determines the time at which another happens: a reason or excuse: opportunity: requirement, business: a special ceremony
    • v.t Occasion to cause indirectly: to influence
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  • Samuel Butler
    “Men are seldom more commonplace than on supreme occasions.”
  • Bishop Westcott
    Bishop Westcott
    “Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to the eyes of men.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “There is occasions and causes why and wherefore in all things.”
  • Calvin Coolidge
    “Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion.”
  • Bible
    “See that no one puts a stumbling block, or an occasion to fall in his brothers way.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. occasion, L. occasio, fr. occidere, occasum, to fall down; ob,see Ob-) + cadere, to fall. See Chance, and cf. Occident


In literature:

We had two severe storms when I, for one, was not visible on any occasion.
"Sixty Years of California Song" by Margaret Blake-Alverson
She has a new dress for every occasion.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
On one occasion when going down the lines, I tripped over a rope.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
The only effect on ourselves of the gas used on this occasion, was to make our eyes smart and a few men sick.
"The Sherwood Foresters in the Great War 1914 - 1919" by W.C.C. Weetman
There will be occasion, too, when treating of the Gilgamesh epic, to dwell still further on some of her traits.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
The rebbe never had occasion to use the birch on him.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
On one occasion, I clipped the wings of a wasp, and, after she had learned that she could no longer fly, placed her on a strange nest.
"The Dawn of Reason" by James Weir
Why not have a notice put up outside the door on these occasions: "Engaged"?
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
Nay, so I intend, and so I wish it to be, Chremes; and I would not ask it of you, did not the occasion itself require it.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
What must be the nature of that sacrifice which is the occasion of sin!
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
Of this, on another occasion, I was sincerely glad to avail myself.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
The names of the other prisoners, destined to suffer upon this occasion, were Saturninus, Secundulus and Satur.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
On many occasions on that expedition I had similar experiences with butterflies.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
To continue them required the occasion, as well as the permission; but the stimulus was gone.
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
But they do not rise, and occasion does not demand it.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
And that "Mrs Nasmyth thought considerable of herself," many of the curious ladies of Merleville had occasion to know.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
But on one occasion the sea itself made an attack upon them.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
The pageant would require large sums of money to invest the occasion with the desirable splendor.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
It is remarkable that the moon is sometimes able to hide the sun completely, while on other occasions it fails to do so.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
Dr. Johnson expresses great admiration for the independence of spirit which Pope showed on this occasion.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay

In poetry:

Thy gratitude, on all occasions, show
To thy true Shepherd, for his friendly aid,
Who thee so safely guarded from the foe,
That thou need'st not be of his force afraid.
"A Warning, Or Admonition, To Every Man, To Think On God In The Morning" by Rees Prichard
You tempter--No--Were they the precious things
Of the whole universe, I will not touch them
Until you promise me to seize upon
Such an occasion as heaven gives not twice.
"Nathan The Wise - Act IV" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Her sheep and goats waxed fat, and ample fleece
Rewarded every harvest of the shear;
Her lambs all bleated in sequestered peace,
Nor prowling wolf occasioned nightly fear.
"From A Saxon Legend." by Alfred Castner King
Can you stain my fair Honour with one broken vow?
Can you say that I've ever occasion'd a pain?
On Truth's honest base let your tenderness grow:
I swear to be faithful, again and again.
"Nancy" by Robert Bloomfield
The die is cast,-- be satisfied;
The chance is past,-- be still;
For this, no more Occasion's tide
Can waft thee good or ill;
The hour is gone, the deed is done,
And all the battle lost or won.
"Fact " by Martin Farquhar Tupper
He saw her constant love; and, tho'
Occasion surely was not scant,
Perhaps had never sought to know
How she could give it wording. So
His love, not stumbling at a want,
Among the three preferred her first.
"Cordelia" by William Michael Rossetti

In news:

Royal bodyguards have seized film on occasion.
It was 225 years ago Monday the United States Constitution was adopted, and to mark the occasion, North Central Ohio Conservative members hosted an event on the Seneca County courthouse lawn.
It was a joyous occasion knowing that he will now officially be a kindergartener and off on his way toward a successful school career.
Maya World Tours has put a package together providing visitors cultural and historic context for this special occasion.
This is not to say having a leader wasn't necessary on occasion.
We took photos only on special occasions and the film had to actually be developed.
On more than one occasion in my career I have acted as a town manager.
On one occasion when I had the watch, it became necessary to declare a state of emergency.
Rex rises to the occasion.
It was a historic occasion.
A studio recording cannot capture the tone of an occasion like a live recording.
The tone of this occasion sounds ecstatic.
Mike Birbiglia is too old to play a teenager — or even a twentysomething — but his voice still cracks on occasion.
The thefts happened on two different occasions in the parking lot of Catawba Valley Community College's main campus.
I am delighted that you still offer the booklet How to Write Letters for All Occasions.

In science:

I would like to thank the organizers of the school for the occasion to give a talk for so young and active audience.
Dyon-Oscillator Duality
We will have occasion to use the functor of induction of abelian group overalgebras in §10.
Abelian extensions of algebras in congruence-modular varieties
On rare occasions, the process is started by reaction 2.
How the sun shines
Perhaps we can visit these topics during another journey on another occasion.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
Hagen Kleinert on the occasion of his 60th anniversary.
Phase Transition in the Random Anisotropy Model
The real optical fibers have random inhomogeneities occasioned by uncontrollable peculiarities in the preparation process of fiber and fiber devices.
Random groups in the optical waveguides theory
One strategy works in two different occasions.
Fixed point theorem for simple quantum strategies in quantum market games
This asymmetry may be inconvenient in some occasions and convenient in some others.
Eppur, si muove !
We will use below, and also on several later occasions, the following consequence of H.
Crossed products by finite cyclic group actions with the tracial Rokhlin property
He did not mention about the gauge freedom on that occasion.
Generally covariant Quantum Mechanics
In this occasion, it is not qualified to regard the vertex degrees and the loop lengths to be independent for the two neighbors of O′ .
Return times of random walk on generalized random graphs
We shall use this theorem on several occasions below without further notice.
Boundaries and harmonic functions for random walks with random transition probabilities
We shall often have occasion to consider omega graphs in which all cells above a certain dimension are identity cells.
Weak Omega Categories I
But I leave developing this topic for another occasion.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Thus, typically we can extend the results obtained here for many other models of random polytopes (the actual argument may get complicated in some occasions).
Central limit theorems for random polytopes in a smooth convex set