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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.
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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.
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occasionverb [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)
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