noun 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
noun a vaguely specified social event
function; affair; social occasion; social function.
the party was quite an affair
an occasion arranged to honor the president
a seemingly endless round of social functions
there was no occasion for complaint
noun the time of a particular event
on the occasion of his 60th birthday
noun an opportunity to do something
there was never an occasion for her to demonstrate her skill
verb give occasion to
F. occasion, L. occasio, fr.occidere, occasum, to fall down; ob (see Ob-) + cadere to fall. See Chance, and cf. Occident.
A falling out, happening, or coming to pass; hence, that which falls out or happens; occurrence; incident.
The unlooked-for incidents of family history, and its hidden excitements, and its arduous occasions.
A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance; convenience.
Sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me.
Rom. vii. 11.
I'll take the occasion which he gives to bring
Him to his death.
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.
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.
A reason or excuse; a motive; a persuasion.
Whose manner was, all passengers to stay,
And entertain with her occasions sly.
De Foe.Syn. -- Need; incident; use. See Opportunity.
Oc*ca"sion transitive verb
imperfect & past participleOccasioned ; present participle & verbal nounOccasioning
To give occasion to; to cause; to produce; to induce; as, to occasion anxiety.South.
If we inquire what it is that occasions men to make several combinations of simple ideas into distinct modes.