Meaning of “occasion” in the English Dictionary

"occasion" in English

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occasionnoun [ C ]

uk /əˈkeɪ.ʒən/ us /əˈkeɪ.ʒən/

B2 a particular time, 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 formal event:

Sara's party was quite an occasion - there were over a hundred people there.
At the wedding he sang a song specially 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 of your wedding anniversary.

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 special films, books and concerts.
An occasion may arise when you can use your knowledge of French.
The bride took/used the occasion to make a short speech.
on occasion

C2 sometimes, but not often:

He has, on occasion, made a small mistake.

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occasionverb [ T ]

uk /əˈkeɪ.ʒən/ us /əˈkeɪ.ʒən/ formal

(Definition of “occasion” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /əˈkeɪ·ʒən/

occasion noun (PARTICULAR TIME)

[ C ] a particular time when something happens:

Sarah loves dressing up for special occasions.
She has lied on several occasions.
This meeting provides an occasion (= a suitable time) to discuss the issues facing our school.

occasion noun (REASON)

[ U ] a reason or cause:

I’ve never had occasion to worry about my children’s school work.


(Definition of “occasion” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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I greatly appreciate the opportunity this occasion has allowed me to ensure that the presidency is made aware of issues and concerns.
I believe we should insist as much as possible on the three principles adopted on this occasion, especially on the common objective of waving visas as soon as possible.
On this occasion it is crucial.
We do not, on this occasion, have to take sides in the confrontation between those in favour of, and those against, nuclear energy.
I have already had occasion to say this: the rules of law we claim to uphold should be the same for everyone.
I have on many an occasion throughout this process thought that we were lucky when we chose him to draw up the report.
In countries without an electoral tradition, the holding of elections can be and often is the occasion when the process of democratisation becomes irreversible.
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the adoption of resolution 1325, attention should be drawn to the particular role of women in these processes.
The gradual expansion of the list, on this occasion by more than one third, will, at some point, mean that the customs systems reach their data capacity limits.
The commission demonstrated it on that occasion.