- 1A particular event, or the time at which it takes place: on one occasion I stayed up until two in the morningMore example sentences
- Holidays and other special occasions are marked with singing and dancing.
- Theresa is already working on big celebrations to mark the special occasion in the history of the prominent Association.
- Ceremonies marking many official occasions are held in the country's churches.
- 1.1A special or noteworthy event, ceremony, or celebration: she was presented with a gold watch to mark the occasion [mass noun]: Sunday lunch has a suitable sense of occasion about itMore example sentences
- The name-giving ceremony is a formal occasion celebrated by feasting and drinking.
- Mass will be celebrated to mark the occasion and the dinner and party will be held in the Anglers Rest Hotel in Headford.
- In 1974 he was invited to address the US Congress on the occasion of the celebrations marking the American bicentennial.
- 1.2A suitable or opportune time for doing something: by-elections are traditionally an occasion for registering protest votesMore example sentences
opportunity, suitable/opportune time, right moment, chance, opening, window
- Opportunity refers to the occasion suitable for or conducive to the behavior, including such factors as geography and time.
- The occasion arose through the trip of the old people to Poppleton, given by Captain Grace, on the ‘River King’ a few weeks before.
- Ms. Ayotte said she was prepared to issue a formal opinion to that effect if the occasion arose.
- 2 [mass noun] • formal Reason; cause: [with infinitive]: it’s the first time that I’ve had occasion to complainMore example sentences
- Actually, there is no special occasion or reason to buy the stuff.
- There may be occasion at work and reason at home, for you to lose your cool or balance but that's not helpful so avoid extremes of any kind.
- For the first thirty years of my academic career, I had no occasion and no reason to worry about sports.
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- Cause (something): something vital must have occasioned this visit [with two objects]: his death occasioned her much griefMore example sentences
- Much sadness was occasioned by the sudden death of well known Claremorris chemist Sean O'Brien at the weekend.
- Patrick was a popular and esteemed member of the local rural community and much sadness was occasioned by his death.
- These rites control the pollution occasioned by death, and also usher the soul from one life to another.
on occasion (or occasions)
- Occasionally; from time to time: on occasion, the state was asked to interveneMore example sentences
- The three journalists who interviewed Putin for this book are pleasingly sassy on occasion.
- Once there, Joe's life became one of living in hostels or, on occasions, even sleeping rough.
- My students used to ask on occasions whether they were different from my students in Czechoslovakia.
rise to the occasion
- Perform better than usual in response to a special situation or event: when it comes to the finals, they can rise to the occasionMore example sentences
- As the event unfolded, Samuel rose to the occasion.
- Nadia rose to the occasion, performing almost flawlessly.
- Australians who came into the game with a ‘must win’ situation rose to the occasion in fine style and outplayed the Kiwis.
- • archaic Make use of an opportunity to do something: I shall here take occasion to propose a second observationMore example sentences
- I took occasion from thence to speak strongly to her, concerning the hand of God, and his design in all afflictions.
- For I am possessed of a cat, surpassing in beauty, from whom I take occasion to bless Almighty God.
- But sin, taking occasion by the Commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence.
late Middle English: from Latin occasio(n-) 'juncture, reason', from occidere 'go down, set', from ob- 'towards' + cadere 'to fall'.