Remember it’s a wedding that you’re going to. Make sure you dress for the occasion. Have you got a dark suit?
My husband is fifty next week. We’re having a big party to celebrate the occasion.
The Prime Minister opened a new school in London and he used the occasion to announce the government’s intention to spend more money on primary schools.
They seem a very nice couple, don’t they? I’ll never forget the occasion when they screamed and shouted at each other in public.
As my parents’ golden wedding was an extra-special occasion, we let off a lot of fireworks.
Ok! I’ll speak to him about his behavior – but only if a suitable occasion arises.
We listened to his speech and tried not to laugh – a funeral is meant to be a solemn and serious occasion.
Yes, I know Hans. We’ve met on two previous occasions, once in Hamburg, the other time in London.
I’m sure I’m speaking for everyone when I say that this has been both an enjoyable and a truly memorable occasion. It’s certainly one that I will never forget.
The Millennium was a very festive occasion. People were singing and clapping the streets.
You usually beat Dave easily. How did he get the better of you on this occasion?
My mother is now over 80 and can be very demanding. On one occasion, she called me in the middle of the night asking me to come round to her house to make her a cup of tea!
Smith has been late now on more than one occasion. I think we’re going to have to speak to him.
Jane and I talk about lots of things, but I just can’t remember what we were discussing on that particular occasion.
His work has been unsatisfactory now on a number of occasions. If it happens again, we’ll have no choice but to dismiss him.
I don’t really smoke. I just have a cigar on the very odd occasion.
sense of occasion
The music, the flowers and the crowds gave the event a real feeling of importance. They gave the wedding a real sense of occasion.
spirit of the occasion
I know she doesn’t really like party games, but she decided to join in and she seemed to enjoy herself. She certainly entered into the spirit of the occasion.
keeping with the occasion
His behavior during the awards ceremony was rude and inappropriate. It was definitely not in keeping with the occasion.
sparkle to the occasion
The room was full of men in grey suits, but the presence of the Prime Minister’s wife in a beautiful green silk dress added a much needed sparkle to the occasion.
The team must rise to the occasion and win the cup.
I’ve suggested that on numerous occasions.
If the occasion arises, I’ll ask for his autograph.
I went out and bought a new dress just for the occasion.
‘on occasion’ means not often:
On occasion I have a cigar after a meal.
If something is ‘an occasion’, it means it is special in some way:
Everybody was there. It was quite an occasion.
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