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.

Examples of occasionally in a Sentence

Occasionally, things don't go as planned. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.
Recent Examples on the Web Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. BostonGlobe.com, 21 June 2022 Reduce to simmer and cook until thick, 20 minutes or so, stirring occasionally. Rita Nader Heikenfeld, The Enquirer, 18 June 2022 Police investigating a shooting at an Alabama church that killed two people and wounded another said Friday that the shooter was a 71-year-old man who occasionally attended services. Jay Reeves, Chron, 17 June 2022 Add the chickpeas and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Christopher Kimball, USA TODAY, 13 June 2022 One of these truths is that vaccines occasionally do cause frightful reactions in people. New York Times, 25 May 2022 Avoid using more detergent than recommended, cut back on fabric softeners and occasionally run a wash cycle on hot. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 23 May 2022 The comptroller's office has the authority to settle such claims without court action and occasionally does so, including in the 2014 police chokehold death of Eric Garner. CBS News, 23 May 2022 The comptroller's office has the authority to settle such claims without court action and occasionally does so, including in the 2014 police chokehold death of Eric Garner. Jennifer Peltz, ajc, 23 May 2022 See More

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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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25 Jun 2022

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“Occasionally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occasionally. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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