[ə'keɪʒ(ə)n] or [ə'keʒn]


(noun.) reason; 'there was no occasion for complaint'.

(noun.) an opportunity to do something; 'there was never an occasion for her to demonstrate her skill'.

(noun.) the time of a particular event; 'on the occasion of his 60th birthday'.

(verb.) give occasion to.

编辑:塔比瑟--From WordNet


(n.) A falling out, happening, or coming to pass; hence, that which falls out or happens; occurrence; incident.

(n.) A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance; convenience.

(n.) An occurrence or condition of affairs which brings with it some unlooked-for event; that which incidentally brings to pass an event, without being its efficient cause or sufficient reason; accidental or incidental cause.

(n.) Need; exigency; requirement; necessity; as, I have no occasion for firearms.

(n.) A reason or excuse; a motive; a persuasion.

(v. t.) To give occasion to; to cause; to produce; to induce; as, to occasion anxiety.



n. [1]. Occurrence, incident, casualty, event.[2]. Opportunity, juncture, conjuncture, opening, room, suitable time, favorable time, nick of time, golden opportunity.[3]. Necessity, need, exigency.[4]. Cause (accidental), ground, reason.

v. a. [1]. Cause, produce, originate, breed, create, bring about, give rise to, give occasion to, bring to pass, be the cause of.[2]. Induce, influence, persuade, move.



SYN:Cause, make, create,[See PRODUCE_and_CREATE]

SYN:Conjuncture, opportunity, occurrence, cause, need, event, reason, necessity,opening, ground

ANT:Untimeliness, unseasonableness, frustration



n. a case of something happening: a special time or season: a chance of bringing about something desired: an event which although not the cause determines the time at which another happens: a reason or excuse: opportunity: requirement business: a special ceremony.—v.t. to cause indirectly: to influence.—adj. Occā′sional falling in the way or happening: occurring only at times: resulting from accident: produced on some special event.—ns. Occā′sionalism the philosophical system of the Cartesian school for explaining the action of mind upon matter or the combined action of both by the direct intervention of God who on the occasion of certain modifications in our minds excites the corresponding movements of body and on the occasion of certain changes in our body awakens the corresponding feelings in the mind; Occā′sionalist; Occasional′ity.—adv. Occā′sionally.—n. Occā′sioner.—On occasion in case of need: as opportunity offers from time to time; Take occasion to take advantage of an opportunity.





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