an opportunity to do something
"there was never an occasion for her to demonstrate her skill"
the time of a particular event
"on the occasion of his 60th birthday"
"there was no occasion for complaint"
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"
- social occasion - social function
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"
give occasion to