Adjective "occasion" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A particular event, or the time at which it takes place.
  1. 'Ceremonies marking many official occasions are held in the country's churches.'
  2. 'The meal followed and it proved to be a most enjoyable social occasion.'
  3. 'We took a while to find the right direction on two or three occasions.'
  4. 'The accused testified and offered excuses in relation to her failure to comply on several other occasions during this period.'
  5. 'The trial of Mr Daly had been adjourned on a number of occasions in the past.'
  6. 'His swimming marathon last summer was on the occasion of his 40th birthday.'
  7. 'Rovers boast an excellent record in the competition having reached the final on two previous occasions in recent years.'
  8. 'Theresa is already working on big celebrations to mark the special occasion in the history of the prominent Association.'
  9. 'Holidays and other special occasions are marked with singing and dancing.'
  10. 'On at least three difference occasions, Neil accepted the hospitality of his hosts.'
  11. 'she was presented with a gold watch to mark the occasion'
  12. 'The entire set, costumes and props will also be flown to New York for the gala occasion.'
  13. 'Her family and friends, along with staff at St. Joseph's, had a right old party bash celebrating the occasion.'
  14. 'Mass will be celebrated to mark the occasion and the dinner and party will be held in the Anglers Rest Hotel in Headford.'
  15. 'The ceremony was an occasion for considerable celebration, but Margaret was never crowned queen.'
  16. 'Today, on the occasion of his 70th birthday, we wish him well.'
  17. 'She was crowned at the end of a gala occasion on Sunday night.'
  18. 'The name-giving ceremony is a formal occasion celebrated by feasting and drinking.'
  19. 'The greatest occasion for celebration in a Kurd's life is marriage.'
  20. 'They gave me a crystal wine glass to celebrate the momentous occasion.'
  21. 'Last week there were celebrations to mark the occasion with Mass being celebrated by the new Bishop of Galway.'
  22. 'by-elections are traditionally an occasion for registering protest votes'
  23. 'Ms. Ayotte said she was prepared to issue a formal opinion to that effect if the occasion arose.'
  24. 'I promised myself that I'd tell Karl as soon as the occasion arose.'
  25. 'Opportunity refers to the occasion suitable for or conducive to the behavior, including such factors as geography and time.'
  26. 'The occasion arose through the trip of the old people to Poppleton, given by Captain Grace, on the ‘River King’ a few weeks before.'
  27. 'The controversy provided a rare occasion for agreement between the ruling right and opposition left.'
  28. 'The Assembly used this rare occasion to chat about everything and nothing and just enjoy the time they spent together.'
  29. 'We addicts can always come up with suitable justifications when the occasion demands.'
  30. 'Whenever the occasion arose to work in a different area or learn new skills, I welcomed it.'
  31. 'At once, occasion arose for versions of reality to compete for public credibility.'
Reason; cause.
  1. 'About this time last year I had occasion to complain about the non-collection of my refuse bin.'
  2. 'Our certainty, whether grounded in reason or miraculous signs, affords no occasion to trust.'
  3. 'Actually, there is no special occasion or reason to buy the stuff.'
  4. 'For the first thirty years of my academic career, I had no occasion and no reason to worry about sports.'


Cause (something)
  1. with two objects 'his death occasioned her much grief'
  2. 'Johnston has been charged with malicious wounding and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.'
  3. 'The loss occasioned by cancellation of hotel bookings and other expenses runs into the billions of shillings.'
  4. 'After a long delay occasioned by France, the treaty entered into force in 1985.'
  5. 'The father was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, but was acquitted.'
  6. 'In principle any losses occasioned thereby are recoverable however they may be characterised.'
  7. 'My examination of terms such as fraught and wrought has occasioned controversy.'
  8. 'His passing occasioned deep grief in his native Ballinrobe where he was deservedly held in very high regard.'
  9. 'Much sadness was occasioned around the area by the news of her sudden death.'
  10. 'Last year, the lights were not removed until March, occasioning embarrassment for both the Chamber and the Council.'

More definitions

1. a particular time, especially as marked by certain circumstances or occurrences: They met on three occasions.

2. a special or important time, event, ceremony, celebration, etc.: His birthday will be quite an occasion.

3. a convenient or favorable time, opportunity, or juncture: This slack period would be a good occasion to take inventory.

4. the immediate or incidental cause or reason for some action or result: What is the occasion for this uproar?

5. (in the philosophy

More examples(as adjective)

"fords can be occasion."


Late Middle English: from Latin occasio(n-) ‘juncture, reason’, from occidere ‘go down, set’, from ob- ‘towards’ + cadere ‘to fall’.


on occasion (or occasions)
rise to the occasion
take occasion