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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Many buyers appreciate the benefits provided by HOAs, but the mandatory dues and covenants, conditions and restrictions (CCRs) occasionally rub some people the wrong way. Shannon Cobb Evans, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: Do your research before buying home, condo governed by HOA," 17 Aug. 2019 Add the okra, onion and celery, season with salt and pepper, and cook, covered slightly and stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft and beginning to brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Los Angeles Times, "Embrace the slime in this Southern okra relish," 17 Aug. 2019 Why were endless, often painful, occasionally cruel pranks a central feature? Mac Schwerin, Vox, "The case against summer camp," 16 Aug. 2019 Limon, the pastor who helped coach at the school, occasionally visited poor countries such as Honduras to share the gospel, donate baseball equipment and conduct clinics. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ Mauricio Dubon beat Honduras’ odds: ‘Whole life changed in four days’," 16 Aug. 2019 Suggest that Western countries might occasionally be guided by principle and Chinese officials scoff. The Economist, "Why Chinese officials imagine America is behind unrest in Hong Kong," 15 Aug. 2019 While potatoes simmer, place butter in a small saucepan over low to medium heat, whisking occasionally. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin farmers — and diners — dig potatoes of all types and colors," 15 Aug. 2019 But Collins drew criticism then—and still occasionally does—for hyping the payoff from genomic medicine. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "For a decade, Francis Collins has shielded NIH—while making waves of his own," 15 Aug. 2019 Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the peaches are very soft and the mixture starts to thicken, about 30 minutes. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Cool off with homemade ice cream that captures the essence of summer fruit," 14 Aug. 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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What made you want to look up occasionally? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


not constant or steady

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