• A reason or excuse; a motive; a persuasion.
  • The time when something happens.

    "At this point, she seized the occasion to make her own observation."

  • (obsolete) An occurrence or incident. [14th-18th c.]
  • A special event or function. [from 19th c.]

    "Having people round for dinner was always quite an occasion at our house."

  • A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance. [from 14th c.]
  • Something which causes something else; a cause. [from 14th c.]
  • Need; requirement, necessity.

    "I have no occasion for firearms."

  • 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."

  • 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."


  • (transitive) To give occasion to; to cause; to produce; to induce; as, to occasion anxiety.

    "it is seen that the mental changes are occasioned by a change of polarity"

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