Synonyms of occasion
1 timeDictionary • I often think fondly of an occasion some years ago.
time • It seemed like a good time to tell her.
moment • At this moment a car stopped outside the house.
point • At this point, Diana arrived.
stage • the final stage of the tour
incident • They have not based it on any incident from the past.
instance • a serious instance of corruption
occurrence • the greatest occurrence of heart disease in the over-65s
juncture • We're at a critical juncture.
2 functionDictionary • It will be a unique family occasion.
function • We were going down to a function in London.
event • in the wake of recent events in Europe
affair • Breakfast will be a cheerless affair for the minister this morning.
do (informal) • They always have all-night dos there.
happening • plans to hire freelance reporters to cover the latest happenings
experience • It was an experience I would not like to go through again.
occurrence • Traffic jams are now a daily occurrence.
3 opportunityDictionary • It is always an occasion for setting out government policy.
opportunity • I was given an opportunity to bathe and shower.
chance • All eligible people will get a chance to vote.
opening • All she needed was an opening to show her capabilities.
window • Tell her I've got a window in my diary later on this week.
4 reasonDictionary • You had no occasion to speak to him like that.
reason • There is a reason for every important thing that happens.
cause • There is obvious cause for concern.
call • There was no call for him to talk to you like he did.
excuse • There is no excuse for what he did.
incentive • There is little incentive to adopt such measures.
motive • Police have ruled out robbery as a motive for the killing.
warrant • There is some warrant for his behaviour.
justification • I knew there was no justification for what I was doing.
provocation • The soldiers fired without provocation.
inducement • They offer every inducement to encourage investment.
causeDictionary (formal) • The incident occasioned a full-scale parliamentary row.
cause • I don't want to cause any trouble.
produce • The drug is known to produce side-effects.
create • Criticism will only create feelings of failure.
effect • Prospects for effecting real political change have taken a step backward.
inspire • His legend would even inspire a song by Simon and Garfunkel.
generate • The minister said the reforms would generate new jobs.
prompt • The recession has prompted consumers to cut back on buying cars.
provoke • His comments have provoked a shocked reaction.
induce • an economic crisis induced by high oil prices
originate • No-one knows who originated this story.
evoke • The programme has evoked a storm of protest.
give rise to
elicit • He was hopeful that his request would elicit a positive response.
engender • Insults engender hatred against those who indulge in them.
PHRASE:▷ on occasion
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affairYou can describe the main quality of an event by saying that it is a particular kind of affair.
• Breakfast will be a cheerless affair for the minister this morning.
• There was no call for him to talk to you like he did.
• There is obvious cause for concern.
Thesaurus for occasion from the Collins English Thesaurus
the time of a particular happening or event
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