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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Oc·ca·sion v. t. [imp. & p. p. Occasioned p. pr. & vb. n. Occasioning.]  To give occasion to; to cause; to produce; to induce; as, to occasion anxiety.
    If we inquire what it is that occasions men to make several combinations of simple ideas into distinct modes.   --Locke.