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Dictionary definition for: Occasion

1. (n) an event that occurs at a critical time; "at such junctures he always had an impulse to leave" "it was needed only on special occasions"

2. (v) give occasion to

3. (n) a vaguely specified social event; "the party was quite an affair" "an occasion arranged to honor the president" "a seemingly endless round of social functions"

4. (n) reason; "there was no occasion for complaint"

5. (n) the time of a particular event; "on the occasion of his 60th birthday"

6. (n) an opportunity to do something; "there was never an occasion for her to demonstrate her skill"

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