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Definition 1: an event that occurs at a critical time - [noun denoting event]

Samples where occasion or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • at such junctures he always had an impulse to leave
  • it was needed only on special occasions

Synonyms for occasion in the sense of this definition

(occasion is a kind of ...) an event that happens

(... is a kind of occasion ) the highest point of anything conceived of as growing or developing or unfolding

"the climax of the artist's career" "in the flood tide of his success"

(... is a kind of occasion ) a critical combination of events or circumstances

(... is a kind of occasion ) a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something

"after the crisis the patient either dies or gets better"

(... is a kind of occasion ) an event marking a unique or important historical change of course or one on which important developments depend

"the agreement was a watershed in the history of both nations"

(... is a kind of occasion ) a significant event in your life (or in a project)

(... is a kind of occasion ) a difficult juncture

"a pretty pass" "matters came to a head yesterday"

(... is a kind of occasion ) an occasion on which one is reminded of the nature of things in the real world

"this program is intended as a reality check for CEOs" "after all those elaborate productions, I felt in need of a reality check"

Definition 2: a vaguely specified social event - [noun denoting event]

Samples where occasion or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the party was quite an affair
  • an occasion arranged to honor the president
  • a seemingly endless round of social functions

Synonyms for occasion in the sense of this definition

(occasion is a kind of ...) an event characteristic of persons forming groups

(... is a kind of occasion ) an occasion on which people can assemble for social interaction and entertainment

"he planned a party to celebrate Bastille Day"

(... is a kind of occasion ) a joyful occasion for special festivities to mark some happy event

(... is a kind of occasion ) a formal event performed on a special occasion

"a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor"

(... is a kind of occasion ) a social function that is held for the purpose of raising money

(... is a kind of occasion ) an occasion that lends itself to (or is deliberately arranged for) taking photographs that provide favorable publicity for those who are photographed

(... is a kind of occasion ) an occasion of spending a night away from home or having a guest spend the night in your home (especially as a party for children)

Definition 3: reason - [noun denoting motive]

Samples where occasion or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there was no occasion for complaint

(occasion is a kind of ...) a rational motive for a belief or action

"the reason that war was declared" "the grounds for their declaration"

Definition 4: an opportunity to do something - [noun denoting state]

Samples where occasion or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there was never an occasion for her to demonstrate her skill

(occasion is a kind of ...) a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances

"the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington" "now is your chance"

(... is a kind of occasion ) an occasion (usually brief) for buying at specially reduced prices

"they held a sale to reduce their inventory" "I got some great bargains at their annual sale"

Definition 5: the time of a particular event - [noun denoting time]

Samples where occasion or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • on the occasion of his 60th birthday

(occasion is a kind of ...) a suitable moment

"it is time to go"

(... is a kind of occasion ) any of the occasions for eating food that occur by custom or habit at more or less fixed times

Definition 6: give occasion to - [verb of creation]

(occasion is a kind of ...) give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally

"cause a commotion" "make a stir" "cause an accident"

(... is a kind of occasion ) supply the inspiration for

"The article about the artist inspired the exhibition of his recent work"

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