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Definition of the noun occasion
What does occasion mean as a name of something?
Occasion is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.
noun - plural: occasions
- an event that occurs at a critical time
- example: it was needed only on special occasions
- lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
- synonym of occasion: juncture
- more generic terms: happening / natural event / occurrence / occurrent = an event that happens
- more specific terms:
- flood tide / climax = the highest point of anything conceived of as growing or developing or unfolding
- conjuncture = a critical combination of events or circumstances
- crisis = a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something
- turning point / watershed / landmark = an event marking a unique or important historical change of course or one on which important developments depend
- milestone = a significant event in your life
- straits / head / pass = a difficult juncture
- reality check = an occasion on which one is reminded of the nature of things in the real world
- a vaguely specified social event
- example: an occasion arranged to honor the president
- lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
- synonyms of occasion: affair / function / social function / social occasion
- more generic term: social event = an event characteristic of persons forming groups
- more specific terms:
- party = an occasion on which people can assemble for social interaction and entertainment
- celebration / jubilation = a joyful occasion for special festivities to mark some happy event
- ceremonial occasion / ceremonial / observance / ceremony = a formal event performed on a special occasion
- fundraiser = a social function that is held for the purpose of raising money
- photo opportunity / photo op = an occasion that lends itself to (or is deliberately arranged for) taking photographs that provide favorable publicity for those who are photographed
- sleepover = an occasion of spending a night away from home or having a guest spend the night in your home
- the time of a particular event
- an opportunity to do something
- example: there was never an occasion for her to demonstrate her skill
- lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
- more generic words: chance / opportunity = a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances
- more specific terms: cut-rate sale / sales event / sale = an occasion (usually brief) for buying at specially reduced prices
Alternative definition of the noun occasion
- A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance. [definition from 14th c.]
- An occurrence or state of affairs which causes some event or reaction; a motive or reason. [definition from 14th c.]
- Something which causes something else; a cause. [definition from 14th c.]
- [obsolete] An occurrence or incident. [definition 14th-18th c.]
- A particular happening; an instance or time when something occurred. [definition from 15th c.]
- Need; requirement, necessity. [definition from 16th c.]
- A special event or function. [definition from 19th c.]
Definition of the verb occasion
What does occasion mean as a doing word?
verb - inflections: occasioned | occasioning | occasions
- give occasion to
Alternative definition of the verb occasion
- [transitive] To give occasion to; to cause; to produce; to induce; as, to occasion anxiety.
- "Occasion" is a musical album of The Goslings.
- released in (7 years ago)
- "Occasion" a.k.a. "Connick on Piano, Volume 2: Occasion": Occasion: Connick on Piano, Volume 2 is an instrumental album recorded in 2005, presenting Harry Connick, Jr. on piano and Branford Marsalis on saxophone, playing their own jazz compositions.
- read more about Connick on Piano, Volume 2: Occasion
Phrases with Occasion
Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Occasion
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Kierkegaard as Humanist (1995)
Discovering My Self by Arnold B. Come
The occasion is a category of finitude.
Philosophers of Process (1998)
by Douglas Browning, William T. Myers
Also the total provoked occasion is a totality involving many such examples of provocation. Again this phraseology is unfortunate; for the word "recipient" suggests a passivity which is erroneous. 4. Prehensions. — A more formal explanation is ...
Sonic Warfare (2012)
Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear by Steve Goodman
An occasion is a subject in respect to its...
An actual occasion is a limit case of an event or nexus, having only one member. The nexus, or collective entity, is an event in its own right, ...
by Edward G. Ballard, Alan B. Brinkley, Ramona T. Cormier, Harold N. Lee, Stephen C. Pepper, Andrew J. Reck, Robert C. Whittemore
For each actual occasion is an atomic whole coordinately indivisible into its phases.
Science and the Modern World (2011)
by A. N. Whitehead
In contrast to the realm of possibility the inclusion of eternal objects within an actual occasion means that in respect to some of...
Thus the eternal relatedness is the form—the eZ8oq—; the emergent actual occasion is the superject of informed ...
World Without End (2005)
Christian Eschatology from a Process Perspective by Joseph A. Bracken
The occasion is the subject of its own becoming, which becomes the superjective being for superseding occasions.
Physics and Whitehead (2004)
Quantum, Process, and Experience by Timothy E. Eastman, Hank Keeton
Thus, every occasion is a creative taking into account of the world-state that is given for it; and thus, too, every occasion is a ...
The Metaphysics of Becoming (2014)
On the Relationship between Creativity and God in Whitehead and Supermind and Sachchidananda in Aurobindo by Thomas Padiyath
Each actual occasion is a self-actualizing concrescence.
Droll Stories (2014)
by Honore de Balzac
The occasion is a good one. Pasques Dieu ! come. There are rebels to subdue, and faith— ful knights are needed.” In less time than an old beggar would have taken to say thank you, the horses were bridled, saddled, and ready. Madame was ...
by Paul Fieldhouse
There is Pâkittiya in going in a body to receive a meal, except on the right occasion. Herein the right occasion is this: (to wit), when there is sickness, when robes are being given, when robes are being made, when on a journey (on foot), when ...
by Robin L. Cautin, Scott O. Lilienfeld
and time-varying (occasion factor) components of psychopathological constructs, the TSO model enables researchers to examine risk factors separately for these components. This is especially ...
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Livres d'occasion - Boulignier Paris
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- Occasion Meaning
Video shows what occasion means. A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance.. The time when something happens.. An occurrence or state of ...
- Rise to the occasion Meaning
Video shows what rise to the occasion means. To achieve erection for sexual intercourse.. To show unexpected skill in dealing with a difficulty that comes about.
- Experience, Meaning, and Revelation: Actual Occasion as Theophany by Jonathan Davis
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Quotes about Occasion
Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God. (Mary Manin Morrissey)
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Scrabble value of O1C3C3A1S1I1O1N1
The value of this 8-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
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