Definition of ocassion
1. occasion [ n ] an event that occurs at a critical time
Examples: "at such junctures he always had an impulse to leave" "it was needed only on special occasions"
(Chicago Daily Tribune...)
The vast , dungeon kitchens may seem hardly worth using except on occasions when one is faced with a_thousand unexpected guests for lunch .
(Frank Getlein and Harold C. Gardiner, S.J., Movies,...)
The `` projection '' time of painting and sculpture is highly subjective , varying from person to person and even varying for a given person on different occasions .
(Louis Zara, Dark Rider....)
Stevie had heard these words many times , yet on each occasion they caused him to tremble .
(Robert Penn Warren, Wilderness....)
On such occasions he had not had the courage to look at the face above the hand , whatever face it might be .Synonyms occasion juncture Related Terms happening crisis climax milestone landmark conjuncture pass
2. occasion [ n ] a vaguely specified social event
Examples: "the party was quite an affair" "an occasion arranged to honor the president" "a seemingly endless round of social functions"
(Joyce O. Hertzler, American Social Institutions;...)
This is brought_out in the common religious ethos that prevails even in the denominationally diverse audiences at many secular semi-public and public occasions in the United_States ; and it is evidenced in the prayers offered , in the frequent religious allusions , and in the confirmation of points on religious grounds .
(Guy Endore, Voltaire! Voltaire!...)
`` You have n't dressed for the occasion '' ! they pointed_out to him .
And those without beards would have stood_out as not dressed for the occasion .
(Whit Masterson, Evil Come, Evil Go....)
Charlie_Marble was back_and_forth on several occasions , first to confer_with Andy on the advisability of cancelling the Las_Vegas engagement - they decided it was wise - and later to announce that a prominent comedian , also an agency client , had agreed to fill the casino 's open date .Synonyms occasion affair social_function function social_occasion Related Terms social_event party ceremony celebration fundraiser sleepover photo_op
3. occasion [ n ] reason
Examples: "there was no occasion for complaint"
(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)
There is no occasion to feel uneasy or disturbed about these people .
(High Fidelity, 11:10...)
The occasion for this marathon : Angel 's long awaited reissue in its `` Great_Recordings_of_the_Century '' series of the Schnabel-Pro_Arte version .Synonyms occasion Related Terms reason
4. occasion [ v ] give occasion toUsed in print:
(John Michael Ray, "Rhode Island's Reactions...)
Resolved that his wrongs and bereavements in Kansas , occasioned by the violence and brutality of those who were intent_on the propagation of slavery in that territory , call_for a charitable judgment upon his recent efforts in Virginia to undermine the despotism from which he had suffered , and commend his family to the special sympathy and aid of all who pity suffering and reverence justice .Synonyms occasion Related Terms cause inspire
5. occasion [ n ] the time of a particular event
Examples: "on the occasion of his 60th birthday"
6. occasion [ n ] an opportunity to do something
Examples: "there was never an occasion for her to demonstrate her skill"
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