• IPA: /əˈkeɪʒən/


  1. A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance. [from 14th c.]
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Romans 7:11 ↗:
      For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.
    • I'll take the occasion which he gives to bring / Him to his death.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, chapter I, in The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. In Six Volumes, volume (please specify ), London: Printed by A[ndrew] Millar, […], OCLC 928184292 ↗, book IV:
  2. The time when something happens.
    At this point, she seized the occasion to make her own observation.
  3. An occurrence or state of affairs which causes some event or reaction; a motive or reason. [from 14th c.]
    I had no occasion to feel offended, however.
  4. Something which causes something else; a cause. [from 14th c.]
    • 1624, John Smith, Generall Historie, in Kupperman 1988, p. 130:
      it were too vile to say, and scarce to be beleeved, what we endured: but the occasion was our owne, for want of providence, industrie and government [...].
  5. (obsolete) An occurrence or incident. [14th-18th c.]
  6. A particular happening; an instance or time when something occurred. [from 15th c.]
    I could think of two separate occasions when she had deliberately lied to me.
    a momentous occasion in the history of South Africa
  7. Need; requirement, necessity. [from 16th c.]
    I have no occasion for firearms.
    • after we have served ourselves and our own occasions
    • when my occasions took me into France
  8. A special event or function. [from 19th c.]
    Having people round for dinner was always quite an occasion at our house.
  9. A reason or excuse; a motive; a persuasion.
    • Whose manner was, all passengers to stay, / And entertain with her occasions sly.
Translations Translations
  • Russian: по́вод
Translations Translations
  • German: Anlass
  • Portuguese: ocasião
  • Russian: (chance) возмо́жность

occasion (occasions, present participle occasioning; past and past participle occasioned)

  1. (transitive) To cause; to produce; to induce
    it is seen that the mental changes are occasioned by a change of polarity

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