occasion Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “occasion” - English Dictionary

"occasion" in American English

See all translations

occasionnoun

 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)







"occasion" in British English

See all translations

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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

occasionverb [T]

uk   /əˈkeɪ.ʒən/  us   /əˈkeɪ.ʒən/ formal
(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
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
by ,
May 04, 2016
by Kate Woodford We can’t always focus on the positive! This week, we’re looking at the language that is used to refer to arguing and arguments, and the differences in meaning between the various words and phrases. There are several words that suggest that people are arguing about something that is not important. (As you might

Read More 

Word of the Day

galaxy

one of the independent groups of stars in the universe

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More