1. supernatural forces and events and beings collectively

    Synonyms : supernatural
    Type Of : causal agency, causal agent, cause
  2. having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding

    Synonyms : mysterious, mystic, mystical, orphic, secret
    Examples :
    • occult lore
  3. cause an eclipse of (a celestial body) by intervention

    Synonyms : eclipse
    Type Of : overshadow
    Examples :
    • Planets and stars often are occulted by other celestial bodies
  4. supernatural practices and techniques

    Synonyms : occult arts
    Type Of : practice, pattern
    Examples :
    • he is a student of the occult
  5. become concealed or hidden from view or have its light extinguished

    Type Of : change
    Examples :
    • The beam of light occults every so often
  6. hidden and difficult to see

    Examples :
    • an occult fracture
    • occult blood in the stool
  7. hide from view

    Type Of : hold in, conceal, hold back
    Examples :
    • The lids were occulting her eyes


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 the process of becoming obsolete; falling into disuse or becoming out of date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