Occasion

Definition of Occasion

Oc`ca´sion   Pronunciation: ǒk`kā´zhŭn
n.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.
b - occasionally; from time to time; now and then.
- De Foe.
v. t.1.To give occasion to; to cause; to produce; to induce; as, to occasion anxiety.
[imp. & p. p. Occasioned (ǒk*kā"zhŭnd); p. pr. & vb. n. Occasioning.]
If we inquire what it is that occasions men to make several combinations of simple ideas into distinct modes.
- Locke.

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