oc·ca·sion·al·ly | \ ə-ˈkāzh-nə-lē , -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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Her experiences at Dartmouth have occasionally served as fodder for her writing and comedy. Fox News, "Mindy Kaling roasts Trump at Dartmouth graduation," 10 June 2018 Her experiences at Dartmouth have occasionally served as fodder for her writing and comedy. Stephanie Morales, USA TODAY, "Mindy Kaling to Dartmouth grads: Trump is a testament to 'insane confidence'," 10 June 2018 Her experiences at Dartmouth have occasionally served as fodder for her writing and comedy. Stephanie Morales, The Seattle Times, "Mindy Kaling jokes about Trump, toilet plungers at Dartmouth," 10 June 2018 And though Red Emma’s occasionally served alcohol in the past, for the first time the establishment on Cathedral Street will have a full bar. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Red Emma's restaurant and bookstore is moving to Mid-Town Belvedere," 1 June 2018 The pair trade verses and sing over each in the intimate performance, occasionally breaking character by laughing with each other over a missed note. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Anne-Marie and Ed Sheeran Drop Candid '2002' Acoustic Video: Watch," 12 July 2018 Our only concern at this point is that those visual effects still occasionally get in the way of viewing the blocks themselves! Kyle Orland, Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The top ten games from E3 2018," 19 June 2018 The Colombian — a former conditioning coach at Manchester City — cuts a frantic figure on the touchline and his temper has occasionally gotten him into trouble. James Ellingworth, Fox News, "At World Cup, Germany to start title defense with rematch against Mexico," 17 June 2018 And, occasionally, an unlucky human will get too close to an infected animal and end up with a bite. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "A Child in Idaho Is Recovering From a Rare Human Case of the Plague," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of occasionally

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of occasionally

: sometimes but not often

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