occasion - definition in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online (US)

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “occasion”

See all translations

occasion

noun [C] uk   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.
More examples

occasion

verb [T] uk   us   /əˈkeɪ.ʒən/ formal
to cause something: Her refusal occasioned a lot of trouble. [+ two objects] The case occasioned the authorities a lot of worry/The authorities were occasioned a lot of worry by the case.
(Definition of occasion from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of occasion?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “occasion” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

generous

willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected

Word of the Day

She’s got very good posture. (How we stand and sit)

by Kate Woodford,
May 27, 2015
Recently on this blog, we looked at the words that we use to describe the way we move. This week we’re looking at words for describing our bodies when they are still, whether we are standing or sitting. Since most of us do far too much of this, let’s start with sitting.

Read More 

ebolaphobia noun

June 01, 2015
irrational fear of the (spread of) the Ebola virus Ebolaphobia Going Viral

Read More