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adjective oc·ca·sion·al \ə-ˈkāzh-nəl, -ˈkā-zhə-nəl\

Definition of occasional

  1. 1a :  of or relating to a particular occasion a budget able to meet occasional demands as well as regular onesb :  created for a particular occasion occasional verse occasional music

  2. 2 :  acting as the occasion or contributing cause of something occasional causes for creating apparent effects

  3. 3 :  encountered, occurring, appearing, or taken at irregular or infrequent intervals occasional visitors an occasional vacation found occasional errors occasional episodes of chest pain

  4. 4 :  acting in a specified capacity from time to time an occasional lecturer an occasional essayist

  5. 5 :  designed or constructed to be used as the occasion demands occasional furniture

Examples of occasional in a sentence

  1. She receives occasional phone calls from her mother.

  2. There will be occasional showers during the morning.

  3. Most mornings, we'll see deer or the occasional bear walking past our house.

  4. He tells an occasional joke to keep his students interested.

  5. I need to take occasional breaks from work.

  6. Sure, I drink an occasional glass of wine from time to time.

  7. She's an occasional lecturer at the university.

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OCCASIONAL Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective oc·ca·sion·al \ə-ˈkāzh-nəl, -ˈkā-zhə-nəl\

Definition of occasional for English Language Learners

  • : happening or done sometimes but not often : not happening or done in a regular or frequent way

  • : sometimes doing a particular job or activity


OCCASIONAL Defined for Kids

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adjective oc·ca·sion·al \ə-ˈkā-zhə-nəl\

Definition of occasional for Students

  1. :  happening or met with now and then They went to an occasional movie.

occasionally

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