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.
1. A falling out, happening, or coming to pass; hence, that which falls out or happens; occurrence; incident; event.
The unlooked-for incidents of family history, and its hidden excitements, and its arduous occasions. --I. Taylor.
2. A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance; convenience.
Sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me. --Rom. vii. 11.
I'll take the occasion which he gives to bring
Him to his death. --Waller.
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.
Her beauty was the occasion of the war. --Dryden.
4. Need; exigency; requirement; necessity; as, I have no occasion for firearms.
After we have served ourselves and our own occasions. --Jer. Taylor.
When my occasions took me into France. --Burke.
5. A reason or excuse; a motive; a persuasion.
Whose manner was, all passengers to stay,
And entertain with her occasions sly. --Spenser.
On occasion, (a) in case of need; in necessity; as convenience requires. “That we might have intelligence from him on occasion,” -- (b) occasionally; from time to time; now and then.
Syn: -- Need; incident; use. See Opportunity.
n 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
5: an opportunity to do something; "there was never an occasion
for her to demonstrate her skill"
v : give occasion to