occasionally

adverb
oc·​ca·​sion·​al·​ly | \ ə-ˈkāzh-nə-lē How to pronounce occasionally (audio) , -ˈkā-zhə-nᵊl-ē\

Definition of occasionally

: on occasion : now and then dines out occasionally We occasionally see deer in the field.

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Examples of occasionally in a Sentence

Occasionally, things don't go as planned. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.

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Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Daniel Neman, Twin Cities, "Make dinner in a snap with these rotisserie chicken recipes," 6 June 2019 While fish is grilling, stir olives and tomatoes into onions, and raise heat; cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes liquefy and mixture becomes juicy. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "The art of finishing sauces for fish," 5 June 2019 Transfer the onion, celery and green bell pepper mixture to the pan; cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened. Bonnie S. Benwick, Washington Post, "This one-pot chicken and rice delivers a lot of comfort, and a little kick," 4 June 2019 Add cherries to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften, about 2 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Seared Pork Chops with Cherries and Spinach," 20 May 2019 Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until rhubarb is broken down, about 12 minutes. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Leslie Kirchhoff, Ice Cube Artist, Shares 3 Spring Cocktail Recipes," 14 May 2019 Cook the pork in the residual pork fat, stirring occasionally, until the meat is lightly crispy in spots, 8 to 10 minutes. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "9 Easy Kentucky Derby Recipe Ideas You Can Whip Up In No Time," 3 May 2019 Cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are heated through and caramelized all over, about 3 minutes more. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Toast Everybody Should Be Talking About," 24 Jan. 2019 Add cumin and coriander and cook on medium, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Fiery Black Bean Soup," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of occasionally

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for occasionally

Middle English occasionaly "on a particular occasion, sometimes," from occasyonal occasional + -ly -ly entry 2

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The first known use of occasionally was in the 15th century

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occasionally

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of occasionally

: sometimes but not often

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