Definitions English

  • A significant event.
  • A favorable or appropriate time or juncture; an opportunity. See Synonyms at opportunity.
  • Something that brings on or precipitates an action, condition, or event, especially the immediate cause. See Synonyms at cause.
  • Something that provides a reason or justification; a ground.
  • A need created by a particular circumstance: "He must buy what he has little occasion for” ( Laurence Sterne).
  • A large or important social gathering.
  • Archaic Personal requirements or necessities.
  • To provide occasion for; cause: "The year's annual reports occasion an especially revealing glimpse of how corporations lend . . . embellishment to the stark numbers of the comptroller's office” ( Mark Muro).
  • on occasion From time to time; now and then.