I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin occasion-, occasio, from occidere to fall, fall down, from ob- toward + cadere to fall — more at ob-, chance Date: 14th century 1. a favorable opportunity or circumstance <
did not have occasion to talk with them
2. a. a state of affairs that provides a ground or reason <
the occasion of the discord was their mutual intolerance
b. an occurrence or condition that brings something about; especially the immediate inciting circumstance as distinguished from the fundamental cause <
his insulting remark was the occasion of a bitter quarrel
3. a. happening, incident b. a time at which something happens ; instance 4. a. a need arising from a particular circumstance b. archaic a personal want or need — usually used in plural 5. plural affairs, business 6. a special event or ceremony ; celebration II. transitive verb (-sioned; occasioning) Date: 15th century bring about, cause

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  • occasion — [ə kā′zhən, ōkā′zhən] n. [ME occasioun < OFr < L occasio, accidental opportunity, fit time < occasus, pp. of occidere, to fall < ob (see OB ) + cadere, to fall: see CASE1] 1. a favorable time or juncture; opportunity 2. a fact, event …   English World dictionary

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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