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On one occasion we had to walk all the way home.
We tested a similar product on an earlier occasion.
He continues to work with us on occasion.
Her promotion was an occasion for great celebration.
This is not the occasion for such a detailed analysis.
Victory provided him with the occasion for declaring himself king.
This will be an occasion for us all to make a new start.
The meeting of the two heads of state was a historic occasion.
The dress is perfect for a special occasion.
We should mark the occasion in some way.
There was a celebration on the occasion of the school's anniversary.
I've had no occasion to complain about their service.
This is the American English definition of occasion. View British English definition of occasion.
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