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noun occasion pronunciation in American English /əˈkeɪʒ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a time at which something happens
    on one occasion (=once): On one occasion we had to walk all the way home.
    on an earlier occasion: We tested a similar product on an earlier occasion.
    on occasion (=sometimes): He continues to work with us on occasion.
    1. a.
      [singular] an appropriate time for something
      occasion for: Her promotion was an occasion for great celebration.
      not the occasion for something (=not an appropriate time for something): This is not the occasion for such a detailed analysis.
      occasion for doing something: Victory provided him with the occasion for declaring himself king.
      occasion for someone to do something: This will be an occasion for us all to make a new start.
    2. b.
      [countable] a special or important time or event
      The meeting of the two heads of state was a historic occasion.
      special occasion: The dress is perfect for a special occasion.
      mark an occasion (=celebrate it): We should mark the occasion in some way.
      on the occasion of something (=when something special happens): There was a celebration on the occasion of the school’s anniversary.
  2. 2
    [singular] formal a reason for something
    have occasion to do something: I’ve had no occasion to complain about their service.
    1. a.
      a cause of something
      be the occasion of something: His mistake was the occasion of much amusement.
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