A falling out, happening, or coming to pass; hence, that which falls out or happens; occurrence; incident.
A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance; convenience.
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.
Need; exigency; requirement; necessity; as, I have no occasion for firearms.
A reason or excuse; a motive; a persuasion.
To give occasion to; to cause; to produce; to induce; as, to occasion anxiety.
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. Abraham Lincoln
Those who govern, having much business on their hands, do not generally like to take the trouble of considering and carrying into execution new projects. The best public measures are therefore seldom adopted from previous wisdom, but forced by the occasion. Benjamin Franklin
I remember when I was in high school I didn't have a new dress for each special occasion. The girls would bring the fact to my attention, not always too delicately. The boys, however, never bothered with the subject. They were my friends, not because of the size of my wardrobe but because they liked me. Marilyn Monroe
occasion in Afrikaans is voorval, insident, maal, gebeurtenis, keer
occasion in Danish is gang, tildragelse
occasion in Dutch is keer, maal
occasion in Finnish is kerta
occasion in French is fois, occasion, lieu
occasion in Italian is occorrenza
occasion in Latin is infero, indo (past indidi)
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