1. have ownership or possession of

    Synonyms : have, possess
    Examples :
    • He owns three houses in Florida
  2. belonging to or on behalf of a specified person (especially yourself); preceded by a possessive

    Synonyms : ain
    Examples :
    • for your own use
    • do your own thing
    • she makes her own clothes


  1. serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose

    Synonyms : cosmetic, decorative
  2. any plant grown for its beauty or ornamental value

    Type Of : flora, plant, plant life


  1. (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)

    Synonyms : attack, onrush, onslaught
    Type Of : operation, military operation
  2. the beginning or early stages

    Synonyms : oncoming
    Type Of : start
    Examples :
    • the onset of pneumonia


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 the process of becoming obsolete; falling into disuse or becoming out of date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