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