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Definitions of occasion

  1. To give occasion to; to cause; to produce; to induce; as, to occasion anxiety. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To cause or influence directly or indirectly: give rise to. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To cause: to influence. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. To cause. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To bring about; cause. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. To cause incidentally; to produce; to influence. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. To cause; to produce; to give rise to; to bring about. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  8. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. reason; "there was no occasion for complaint" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. an opportunity to do something; "there was never an occasion for her to demonstrate her skill" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. the time of a particular event; "on the occasion of his 60th birthday" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. A falling out, happening, or coming to pass; hence, that which falls out or happens; occurrence; incident. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance; convenience. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Need; exigency; requirement; necessity; as, I have no occasion for firearms. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. A reason or excuse; a motive; a persuasion. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Occurrence: opportunity: requirement. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  18. Occurrence; opportunity; cause; need. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  19. An occurrence; opportunity for some action; a condition; need; exigency. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. An occurrence; opportunity, favourable time or circumstances; incidental cause; incidental need; situation of affairs. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for occasion

  1. " I think," he said, " I've never begged your pardon for the last occasion of our being alone here together. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. Then he left her without speaking to her on this occasion a word about herself. – The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope
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