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English noun: occasion

1. occasion (event) an event that occurs at a critical time

SamplesAt such junctures he always had an impulse to leave.
It was needed only on special occasions.


Broader (hypernym)happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent

Narrower (hyponym)climax, conjuncture, crisis, flood tide, head, landmark, milestone, pass, reality check, straits, turning point, watershed

2. occasion (event) a vaguely specified social event

SamplesThe party was quite an affair.
An occasion arranged to honor the president.
A seemingly endless round of social functions.

Synonymsaffair, function, social function, social occasion

Broader (hypernym)social event

Narrower (hyponym)celebration, ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, fundraiser, jubilation, observance, party, photo op, photo opportunity, sleepover

3. occasion (motive) reason

SamplesThere was no occasion for complaint.

Broader (hypernym)ground, reason

4. occasion (time) the time of a particular event

SamplesOn the occasion of his 60th birthday.

Broader (hypernym)time

Narrower (hyponym)meal

5. occasion (state) an opportunity to do something

SamplesThere was never an occasion for her to demonstrate her skill.

Broader (hypernym)chance, opportunity

Narrower (hyponym)cut-rate sale, sale, sales event

English verb: occasion

1. occasion (creation) give occasion to

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cause, do, make

Narrower (hyponym)inspire

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