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noun occasion pronunciation in British English /əˈkeɪʒ(ə)n/ 
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singularoccasion
pluraloccasions

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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 this occasion:

    I'll let you off on this occasion.

    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] a suitable 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 first opening of a Scottish parliament for 300 years 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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