1. In a general sense, from, or out from; proceeding from; belonging to; relating to; concerning; -- used in a variety of applications.


  1. the process of becoming obsolete; falling into disuse or becoming out of date

    Type Of : degeneration, devolution
    Examples :
    • a policy of planned obsolescence


  1. an event that happens

    Synonyms : happening, natural event, occurrence
    Type Of : event
  2. presently occurring (either causally or incidentally)

    Examples :
    • technical terms are rarely occurrent in literature


  1. an event that occurs at a critical time

    Synonyms : juncture
    Type Of : happening, natural event, occurrent, occurrence
    Examples :
    • it was needed only on special occasions
  2. a vaguely specified social event

    Synonyms : affair, function, social function, social occasion
    Type Of : social event
    Examples :
    • an occasion arranged to honor the president
  3. an opportunity to do something

    Type Of : opportunity, chance
    Examples :
    • there was never an occasion for her to demonstrate her skill
  4. give occasion to

    Type Of : do, make, cause
  5. reason

    Type Of : reason, ground
    Examples :
    • there was no occasion for complaint
  6. the time of a particular event

    Type Of : time
    Examples :
    • on the occasion of his 60th birthday


  1. so strong as to be irresistible

    Synonyms : overwhelming
    Examples :
    • an overpowering need for solitude


  1. so strong as to be irresistible

    Synonyms : overwhelming
    Examples :
    • an overpowering need for solitude


  1. (of winds) coming from the sea toward the land

    Synonyms : inshore, shoreward
    Examples :
    • an onshore gale
  2. on the edge of the land

    Examples :
    • an onshore lighthouse
  3. on or toward the land

    Antonyms : offshore
    Examples :
    • they were living onshore


  1. a transgression that constitutes a violation of what is judged to be right

    Synonyms : offense
    Type Of : transgression, evildoing
  2. the team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score

    Synonyms : offense
    Antonyms : defence
    Type Of : squad, team
  3. a feeling of anger caused by being offended

    Synonyms : offense, umbrage
    Type Of : choler, anger, ire
    Examples :
    • he took offence at my question
  4. a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others

    Synonyms : discourtesy, offense, offensive activity
    Type Of : conduct, behaviour, behavior, doings
  5. the action of attacking an enemy

    Synonyms : offense, offensive
    Type Of : operation, military operation


  1. a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently

    Synonyms : being
    Type Of : living thing, animate thing
  2. a system considered analogous in structure or function to a living body

    Type Of : system, scheme
    Examples :
    • the social organism


  1. consume all of one's attention or time

    Synonyms : absorb, engage, engross
    Type Of : interest
  2. be on the mind of

    Synonyms : concern, interest, worry
  3. require (time or space)

    Synonyms : take, use up
    Type Of : expend, use
  4. occupy the whole of

    Synonyms : fill
    Type Of : be
  5. assume, as of positions or roles

    Synonyms : fill, take
    Type Of : work, do work
    Examples :
    • the young prince will soon occupy the throne
  6. march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation

    Synonyms : invade
    Type Of : assail, attack
  7. keep busy with

    Synonyms : busy
    Type Of : work
  8. live (in a certain place)

    Synonyms : lodge in, reside
    Type Of : live, dwell, inhabit, populate