A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance. from 14th c.
The time when something happens.
“At this point, she seized the occasion to make her own observation.”
An occurrence or state of affairs which causes some event or reaction; a motive or reason. from 14th c.
“I had no occasion to feel offended, however.”
Something which causes something else; a cause. from 14th c.
An occurrence or incident. 14th-18th c.
A particular happening; an instance or time when something occurred. from 15th c.
“I could think of two separate occasions when she had deliberately lied to me.”
“a momentous occasion in the history of South Africa”
Need; requirement, necessity. from 16th c.
“I have no occasion for firearms.”
A special event or function. from 19th c.
“Having people round for dinner was always quite an occasion at our house.”
A reason or excuse; a motive; a persuasion.
To cause; to produce; to induce
“it is seen that the mental changes are occasioned by a change of polarity”
A chance for advancement, progress or profit.
A favorable circumstance or occasion.
“Having a holiday is a great opportunity to relax.”
“The Court questioned the opportunity of introducing these measures in such an uncertain economic climate.”
a particular event, or the time at which it takes place
“on one occasion I stayed up until two in the morning”
a special or noteworthy event, ceremony, or celebration
“she was presented with a gold watch to mark the occasion”
“Sunday lunch has a suitable sense of occasion about it”
a suitable or opportune time for doing something
“by-elections are traditionally an occasion for registering protest votes”
“it’s the first time that I’ve had occasion to complain”
“something vital must have occasioned this visit”
“his death occasioned her much grief”
a time or set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something
“the night drive gave us the opportunity of spotting rhinos”
“increased opportunities for export”
a chance for employment or promotion
“career opportunities in our New York headquarters”