Meaning of “occasionally” in the English Dictionary

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"occasionally" in British English

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uk /əˈkeɪ.ʒən.əl.i/ /əˈkeɪʒ.nəl.i/ us /əˈkeɪ.ʒən.əl.i/ /əˈkeɪʒ.nəl.i/

B2 sometimes but not often:

I see him occasionally in town.
Occasionally I'll have a piece of chocolate, but it's very rare.

More examples

  • The path follows the river closely, occasionally deviating round a clump of trees.
  • You're bound to forget people's names occasionally.
  • She only sees her niece occasionally, so she showers her with presents when she does.
  • Does it never occur to you that I might like to be on my own occasionally?
  • I don't mind helping her out occasionally, but this is getting beyond a joke.

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

"occasionally" in American English

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occasionallyadverb [ not gradable ]

us /əˈkeɪ·ʒə·nəl·i/

not often or regularly:

Stir occasionally while the pasta is cooking.
I occasionally watch TV.

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

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