Dictionary > English Dictionary > Definition, synonym and antonym of occasion
Meaning of occasion by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old French ocasion, from Latin occasionem ( accusative of occasio ), noun of action from perfect passive participle occasus, from verb occado, from prefix ob- ( “down", "away” ) + verb cado ( “fall” ) .


    • IPA: /əˈkeɪʒən/
    • Rhymes: -eɪʒən
    • Hyphenation: oc‧ca‧sion


    occasion ( plural: occasions )

    1. A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance. [from 14th c.]
      At this point, she seized the occasion to make her own observation .
    2. An occurrence or state of affairs which causes some event or reaction; a motive or reason. [from 14th c.]
      I had no occasion to feel offended, however .
    3. Something which causes something else; a cause. [from 14th c.]
    4. ( obsolete ) An occurrence or incident. [14th-18th c.]
    5. A particular happening; an instance or time when something occurred. [from 15th c.]
      I could think of two separate occasions when she had deliberately lied to me .
    6. Need; requirement, necessity. [from 16th c.]
    7. A special event or function. [from 19th c.]
      Having people round for dinner was always quite an occasion at our house .

    Related terms


Explanation of occasion by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. give occasion to

    1. an event that occurs at a critical time

    2. it was needed only on special occasions
    3. a vaguely specified social event

    4. an occasion arranged to honor the president
    5. reason

    6. there was no occasion for complaint
    7. an opportunity to do something

    8. there was never an occasion for her to demonstrate her skill
    9. the time of a particular event

    10. on the occasion of his 60th birthday

    Definition of occasion by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Occasion ( ŏkkāzhŭn ), 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; event.

      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; 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. 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. “That we might have intelligence from him on occasion,” De Foe. -- occasionally; from time to time; now and then.

      Syn. -- Need; incident; use. See Opportunity.

    2. Occasion ( ŏkkāzhŭn ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Occasioned ( ŏkkāzhŭnd ); 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.