occasion [ə kā′zhən, ōkā′zhən]
[ME occasioun < OFr < L occasio, accidental opportunity, fit time < occasus, pp. of occidere, to fall < ob- (see OB-) + cadere, to fall: see CASE1]
1. a favorable time or juncture; opportunity
2. a fact, event, or state of affairs that makes something else possible [a chance meeting was the occasion of the renewal of their friendship]
3. a cause or reason [you have no occasion to be angry]
a) a happening; occurrence
b) the time at which something happens; particular time [on the occasion of our last meeting]
5. a special time or event, suitable for celebration
6. need arising from circumstances
7. [pl.]
a) Obs. needs; requirements
b) Archaic affairs; business
to be the occasion of; give occasion to; cause
on occasion
once in a while; sometimes; occasionally
rise to the occasion
to do whatever suddenly becomes necessary; meet an emergency
take the occasion or take occasion
to use the opportunity (to do something)

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  • Occasion — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Occasion — Oc*ca sion ([o^]k*k[=a] zh[u^]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Occasioned} ([o^]k*k[=a] 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. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • OCCASION — s. f. Rencontre, conjoncture de temps, de lieux, d affaires, convenable pour quelque chose. L occasion présente. Belle occasion. Occasion favorable, importante. Chercher, saisir, embrasser, fuir l occasion, les occasions. Je lui ferai plaisir… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • OCCASION — n. f. Rencontre, conjoncture, concours fortuit de circonstances qui favorise une entreprise, un dessein, etc. Occasion favorable. Chercher, saisir l’occasion, les occasions. Je lui ferai plaisir à l’occasion, quand l’occasion s’en présentera,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • occasion — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French or Latin; Anglo French, from Latin occasion , occasio, from occidere to fall, fall down, from ob toward + cadere to fall more at ob , chance Date: 14th century 1. a favorable opportunity or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • On occasion — Occasion 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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