1. [syn: occasionally, on occasion, once in a while, now and then, now and again, at times, from time to time]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Occasion \Oc*ca"sion\ ([o^]k*k[=a]"zh[u^]n), n. [F. occasion, L.
occasio, fr. occidere, occasum, to fall down; ob (see Ob-)
+ cadere to fall. See Chance, and cf. Occident.]
1. A falling out, happening, or coming to pass; hence, that
which falls out or happens; occurrence; incident; event.
The unlooked-for incidents of family history, and
its hidden excitements, and its arduous occasions.
2. A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance;
Sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived
me. --Rom. vii.
I'll take the occasion which he gives to bring
Him to his death. --Waller.
3. 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.
Her beauty was the occasion of the war. --Dryden.
4. Need; exigency; requirement; necessity; as, I have no
occasion for firearms.
After we have served ourselves and our own
occasions. --Jer. Taylor.
When my occasions took me into France. --Burke.
5. A reason or excuse; a motive; a persuasion.
Whose manner was, all passengers to stay,
And entertain with her occasions sly. --Spenser.
(a) in case of need; in necessity; as convenience
requires. "That we might have intelligence from him on
occasion," --De Foe.
(b) occasionally; from time to time; now and then.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
Syn: Need; incident; use. See Opportunity.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adv 1: now and then or here and there; "he was arrogant and
occasionally callous"; "open areas are only occasionally
interrupted by clumps of trees"; "they visit New York on
occasion"; "now and again she would take her favorite
book from the shelf and read to us"; "as we drove along,
the beautiful scenery now and then attracted his
attention" [syn: occasionally, on occasion, once in
a while, now and then, now and again, at times,
from time to time]