occasion Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “occasion” in the English Dictionary

"occasion" in British English

See all translations

occasionnoun [C]

uk   us   /əˈkeɪ.ʒən/
B2 a ​particulartime, ​especially when something ​happens or has ​happened: We ​met on several occasions to ​discuss the ​issue. I've ​heard him be ​rude to her on a ​number of occasions. I ​seem to ​remember that on that occasion he was with his ​wife.B1 a ​special or ​formalevent: Sara's ​party was quite an occasion - there were over a hundred ​people there. At the ​wedding he ​sang a ​songspecially written for the occasion. I have a ​suit but I only ​wear it on ​special occasions. The ​coronation of a new ​king is, of ​course, a historic occasion. Congratulations on the occasion ofyourweddinganniversary. formal an ​opportunity or ​reason for doing something or for something to ​happen: The 200th ​anniversary of Mozart's ​death was the occasion for hundreds of ​specialfilms, ​books and ​concerts. An occasion may arise when you can use ​yourknowledge of ​French. The ​bride took/used the occasion to make a ​shortspeech.on occasion C2 sometimes, but not often: He has, on occasion, made a ​smallmistake.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

occasionverb [T]

uk   us   /əˈkeɪ.ʒən/ formal
(Definition of occasion from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"occasion" in American English

See all translations

occasionnoun

 us   /əˈkeɪ·ʒən/
  • occasion noun (PARTICULAR TIME)

[C] a ​particulartime when something ​happens: Sarah ​lovesdressing up for ​special occasions. She has ​lied on several occasions. This ​meetingprovides an occasion (= a ​suitabletime) to ​discuss the ​issuesfacingourschool.
  • occasion noun (REASON)

[U] a ​reason or ​cause: I’ve never had occasion to ​worry about my children’s ​schoolwork.
(Definition of occasion from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of occasion?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“occasion” in British English

“occasion” in American English

Word of the Day

drum

a musical instrument, especially one made from a skin stretched over the end of a hollow tube or bowl, played by hitting with the hand or a stick

Word of the Day

I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
by Kate Woodford,
February 10, 2016
On this blog, we like to look at words and phrases in the English language that learners often have difficulty with. Two phrases that can be confused are ‘used to do something’ and ‘be used to something/doing something’. People often use one phrase when they mean the other, or they use the wrong

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More