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1 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" [syn: juncture]
2 a vaguely specified social event; "the party was quite an affair"; "an occasion arranged to honor the president"; "a seemingly endless round of social functions" [syn: affair, social occasion, function, social function]
3 reason; "there was no occasion for complaint"
4 the time of a particular event; "on the occasion of his 60th birthday"
5 an opportunity to do something; "there was never an occasion for her to demonstrate her skill" v : give occasion to

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /əˈkeɪʒən/
  • Rhymes with: -eɪʒən
  • Hyphenation: oc·ca·sion


From occasion.


  1. A falling out, happening, or coming to pass; hence, that which falls out or happens; occurrence; incident.
  2. A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance; convenience.
  3. 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.
  4. Need; exigency; requirement; necessity.
    • I have no occasion for firearms.
  5. A reason or excuse; a motive; a persuasion.


favorable opportunity
  • Arabic: ,
  • Chinese: 场合 (chǎnghé)
  • Czech: příležitost
  • Danish: lejlighed
  • Dutch: gelegenheid
  • Finnish: tilaisuus
  • French: occasion
  • German: Gelegenheit
  • Hungarian: alkalom
  • Italian: occasione
  • Japanese: 場合 (ばあい, baai)
  • Korean: 기회 (gihoe)
  • Portuguese: ocasião
  • Russian: случай
  • Spanish: ocasión
  • Swedish: tillfälle
occurrence or condition of affairs which brings with it some unlooked-for event
  • Danish: grund, behov
  • Dutch: noodzaak, behoefte
  • Finnish: tarve
  • Swedish: behov
reason or excuse
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  1. To give occasion to; to cause; to produce; to induce; as, to occasion anxiety.


give occasion to

Related terms



From occasionem (accusative of occasio).



fr-noun f
  1. A well-timed instance, occurrence or circumstance.
  2. A good deal.
  3. Object of such a deal.
  4. Circumstances that end with or cause a certain action.
  5. Any specific circumstance or case.

Extensive Definition

Special occasion can refer to one of the following:

See also

occasion in French: Occasion

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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