|1.||[ noun ] an event that occurs at a critical time|
"at such junctures he always had an impulse to leave" "it was needed only on special occasions"
|Related terms:||happening crisis climax milestone landmark conjuncture pass|
|2.||[ noun ] a vaguely specified social event|
|Synonyms:||affair function social_function social_occasion|
"the party was quite an affair" "an occasion arranged to honor the president" "a seemingly endless round of social functions"
|Related terms:||social_event party ceremony celebration fundraiser sleepover photo_op|
|3.||[ noun ] reason|
"there was no occasion for complaint"
|4.||[ verb ] give occasion to|
|Related terms:||cause inspire|
|5.||[ noun ] the time of a particular event|
"on the occasion of his 60th birthday"
|Related terms:||time meal|
|6.||[ noun ] an opportunity to do something|
"there was never an occasion for her to demonstrate her skill"
|Related terms:||opportunity sale|