Definitions for: Occasion

[n] 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] 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] reason; "there was no occasion for complaint"
[n] an opportunity to do something; "there was never an occasion for her to demonstrate her skill"
[n] the time of a particular event; "on the occasion of his 60th birthday"
[v] give occasion to

Webster (1913) Definition: 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 happens; occurrence; incident.

The unlooked-for incidents of family history, and
its hidden excitements, and its arduous occasions.
--I. Taylor.

2. A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance;

Sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived
me. --Rom. vii.

I'll take the occasion which he gives to bring Him
to his death. --Waller.

3. 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. --Dryden.

4. Need; exigency; requirement; necessity; as, I have no
occasion for firearms.

After we have served ourselves and our own
occasions. --Jer. Taylor.

When my occasions took me into France. --Burke.

5. A reason or excuse; a motive; a persuasion.

Whose manner was, all passengers to stay, And
entertain with her occasions sly. --Spenser.

On occasion, in case of need; in necessity; as convenience
requires; occasionally. ``That we might have intelligence
from him on occasion,'' --De Foe.

Syn: Need; incident; use. See Opportunity.

Oc*ca"sion ([o^]k*k[=a]"zh[u^]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Occasioned (-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.

If we inquire what it is that occasions men to make
several combinations of simple ideas into distinct
modes. --Locke.

Synonyms: affair, function, juncture, social function, social occasion

See Also: cause, celebration, ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, chance, climax, conjuncture, crisis, cut-rate sale, do, flood tide, fundraiser, ground, happening, head, inspire, jubilation, landmark, make, milestone, natural event, observance, occurrence, opportunity, party, pass, photo op, photo opportunity, reason, sale, sales event, social event, straits, time, turning point

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