occasion

occasion

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English

Etymology

Borrowed from Middle French occasion, from Old French occasiun, from Latin occasionem (accusative of occasio), noun of action from perfect passive participle occasus, from verb occido, from prefix ob- (down", "away) + verb cado (fall).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /əˈkeɪʒən/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʒən
  • Hyphenation: oc‧ca‧sion

Noun

occasion (countable and uncountable, plural occasions)

  1. A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance. [from 14th c.]
    • (Can we date this quote?) Bible, Rom. vii. 11
      Sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Waller
      I'll take the occasion which he gives to bring / Him to his death.
  2. The time when something happens.
  3. An occurrence or state of affairs which causes some event or reaction; a motive or reason. [from 14th c.]
  4. Something which causes something else; a cause. [from 14th c.]
    • 1624, John Smith, Generall Historie, in Kupperman 1988, p. 130:
      it were too vile to say, and scarce to be beleeved, what we endured: but the occasion was our owne, for want of providence, industrie and government [...].
  5. (obsolete) An occurrence or incident. [14th-18th c.]
  6. A particular happening; an instance or time when something occurred. [from 15th c.]
  7. Need; requirement, necessity. [from 16th c.]
    • (Can we date this quote?) Jeremy Taylor
      after we have served ourselves and our own occasions
    • (Can we date this quote?) Burke
      when my occasions took me into France
  8. A special event or function. [from 19th c.]
  9. A reason or excuse; a motive; a persuasion.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Spenser
      Whose manner was, all passengers to stay, / And entertain with her occasions sly.

Derived terms

  • occasional
  • on occasion
  • rise to the occasion

Translations

Verb

occasion (third-person singular simple present occasions, present participle occasioning, simple past and past participle occasioned)

  1. (transitive) To cause; to produce; to induce
    it is seen that the mental changes are occasioned by a change of polarity

Translations


French

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin occāsiōnem (accusative of occāsiō). Compare the inherited Old French ochoison, achaison (the latter being influenced by Latin accūsātiō).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɔ.ka.zjɔ̃/

Noun

occasion f (plural occasions)

  1. occasion, opportunity
  2. cause
  3. bargain, good deal
  4. secondhand or used item

Derived terms

Further reading

  • “occasion” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

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