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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Kennedy occasionally voted to uphold some restrictions in the years that followed Casey, but his presence effectively blocked any outright attempt to overturn Roe. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "How the Supreme Court Kills Roe v. Wade," 11 July 2018 But, occasionally, a pedestrian is either in a hurry or changes their mind at the last moment and starts crossing the street, or even reverses direction. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Why Did the Human Cross the Road? To Confuse the Self-Driving Car," 10 July 2018 The lyrics occasionally are too obvious, but service the story well. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Entertaining Sherlock Holmes musical doesn't always hit the right emotional notes," 9 June 2018 Ahead, read their takeaways on the deeply personal, sometimes arduous, occasionally pleasurable challenge that is maternity fashion. Glamour, "12 Useful Maternity-Fashion Tips From the World’s Most Stylish Women," 29 Mar. 2019 Directly imaging planets with infrared light only works occasionally and can still miss crucial details. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "New Method For Studying Exoplanets Could Tell Us Far More About Alien Worlds," 29 Mar. 2019 Marketers have occasionally acknowledged consumer shorthand before. Nat Ives, WSJ, "Vrbo Changes Its Name to Match How People Say It," 27 Mar. 2019 Cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Rotisserie Chicken and Potato Chowder," 19 Mar. 2019 Add shallots to reserved skillet; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 2 to 4 minutes. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Strip Steak With Lemon Mashed Potatoes," 15 Mar. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of occasionally

: sometimes but not often

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marked by a state of overwhelming emotion

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