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Definition of OCCASION

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Occasion \Oc*ca"sion\ ([o^]k*k[=a]"zh[u^]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Occasioned} ([o^]k*k[=a]"zh[u^]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Occasioning}.] [Cf. F. occasionner.] To give occasion to; to cause; to produce; to induce; as, to occasion anxiety. --South. [1913 Webster]

           If we inquire what it is that occasions men to make several combinations of simple ideas into distinct modes.                                   --Locke. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Occasion \Oc*ca"sion\ ([o^]k*k[=a]"zh[u^]n), n. [F. occasion, L. occasio, fr. occidere, occasum, to fall down; ob (see {Ob-})
     + cadere to fall. See {Chance}, and cf. {Occident}.]
     1. A falling out, happening, or coming to pass; hence, that which falls out or happens; occurrence; incident; event. [1913 Webster]

              The unlooked-for incidents of family history, and its hidden excitements, and its arduous occasions.
                                                    --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

     2. A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance; convenience. [1913 Webster]

              Sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me.                                   --Rom. vii.
                                                    11. [1913 Webster]

              I'll take the occasion which he gives to bring Him to his death.                     --Waller. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

              Her beauty was the occasion of the war. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     4. Need; exigency; requirement; necessity; as, I have no occasion for firearms. [1913 Webster]

              After we have served ourselves and our own occasions.                            --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

              When my occasions took me into France. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

     5. A reason or excuse; a motive; a persuasion. [1913 Webster]

              Whose manner was, all passengers to stay, And entertain with her occasions sly. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

     {On occasion},
        (a) in case of need; in necessity; as convenience requires. "That we might have intelligence from him on occasion," --De Foe. (b) occasionally; from time to time; now and then. [1913 Webster +PJC]

     Syn: Need; incident; use. See {Opportunity}.
          [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

153 Moby Thesaurus words for "occasion": a leg up, advantage, adventure, affair, antecedent, antecedents, author, bare necessities, base, basis, bear, beget, break, breed, bring about, bring forth, bring on, bring to effect, bring to pass, call, call for, call forth, call up, causation, cause, cause and effect, celebration, ceremony, chance, circumstance, clear stage, commemoration, conceive, condition, conjuncture, contingency, create, demand, demand for, desideration, desideratum, determinant, determinative, do, effect, effectuate, element, elicit, engender, episode, essential, essentials, establish, etiology, event, eventuality, evoke, excuse, experience, fact, factor, fair field, fair game, father, found, foundation, function, gala, generate, gestate, give birth to, give occasion to, give origin to, give rise to, go, ground, grounds, hap, happening, happenstance, impel, impulse, inaugurate, incident, incitement, indispensable, induce, inducement, institute, juncture, justification, liberty, look-in, make, make for, matter of fact, milestone, moment, must, must item, necessaries, necessities, necessity, need, need for, obligation, observance, occasionally, occurrence, on occasion, opening, opportunism, opportunity, originate, particular, party, phenomenon, place, prerequirement, prerequisite, principle, produce, prompt, prompting, provocation, provoke, reality, realize, reason, requirement, requisite, requisition, right, room, scope, set afloat, set on foot, set up, shot, show, sire, squeak, stepping-stone, stimulus, the necessary, the needful, thing, time, turn of events, want, warrant, work, work up


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